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Refugee In America
Transcript of Refugee In America
by Langston Hughes
Hughes Expresses his feelings in the poem using symbolism for the word freedom.
“There are words like freedom. Sweet and wonderful to say. On my heart-strings freedom sings all day everyday”.
Hughes uses the word freedom to represent the country’s acceptance of him, and all other African-Americans’ freedom, but not the thought of being equal, or fully liberated
Hughes uses diction to clearly describe his feelings of what freedom actually was in his own thoughts
"There are words like liberty That almost make me cry.”
This is a continuation of the first stanza, but is shown with his own personal thoughts and feelings through the word cry.
One might say he was envious of of people with full liberty, shown in the second stanza
The poem “Refugee In America”, by Langston Hughes represents the time period of the 1920s in America, which was the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance
The author Langston Hughes was born in Missouri
Hughes began writing as early as high school
Langston is largely known for being an activist in the harlem renaissance
Hughes died on May 22, 1967 of prostate cancer.
In addition to leaving a large quantity of poetic work, Hughes wrote eleven plays and many works of prose.
“On my heart-strings freedom sings”
The word sing stands out by emphasizing how he wants not only his individual freedom, but he wants equality and liberty. A type of wanting or calling.
Hughes wrote this poem emphasizing that although he had his own freedom there was still oppression, an uneven distribution of equality
Throughout the Poem Langston Hughes uses terms to describe how he felt, such as:
symbolism : Realistic details to express emotions by using a pattern of symbols
Personification: A figure of speech in which a non human subject is given human characteristics
Tone: The writers attitude toward his or her subject, characters or audience
Diction: A writer or speaker's word choice
Hughes is and always will be known as a Harlem Renaissance writer and poet
Using terms like personification, and uses of diction Hughes made his poems through symbols which makes his writings extravagant