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''The weary blues''

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Genesis Diaz

on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of ''The weary blues''

''The weary blues''
by Langston Hughes

Figure of speech
The man's sleeping like a rock
The musician can play the piano like a fool.
He made that poor piano moan with melody

Poor piano moan with melody.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
Weary Blues echoed through his head.

Thump, thump,thump, went his foot on the floor

Figure of speech
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune

and put ma troubles on the shelf

I heard a Negro play

Down on Lenox Avenue the other night

He played a few chords then the he sang some more

History behind the poem
"The Weary Blues" takes place at an old Harlem bar on Lenox Avenue. There is a piano player playing the blues. As he plays, the speaker observes his body movement and the tone of his voice. Throughout the poem, several literary devices are used to guide the reader through the mixture of emotions the blues player is feeling. Hughes incorporated the many elements of his life
Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri.Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
Setting/ Imageries

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune
He made that poor piano moan with melody

With his ebony hands on each ivory key

Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
The stars went out and so did the moon
Entire mood of the poem
The tittle of the poem reflects the overall mood of the poem. Drepession, sadness, hopeless.
Major themes
connotative meaning:
In Hughes' poem The Weary Blues, interpretation of blues music as an expression of
black sorrow
and struggle in the face of
oppressive and discriminatory
forces of the larger society.
Denotation meaning:
Music can be used to guide mixed emotions, express joy and happiness, describe personal issues or as a means to
anger and frustration
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