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Poetry Seminar

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Herbert Susi

on 25 September 2012

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Transcript of Poetry Seminar

Akshana, Harpreet, Ruth-Anna, and Gurvir As I Grow Older
By Langston Hughes "As I Grow Older"
The person in this poem is growing older
As he grows older, things change Title The person in the poem forgot his dream that
he had a long time ago, but now he is having
the same dream again
He is trying to remember his dream but he can't.
The dream is starting to fade away
He feels like he's lost in darkness and wants to
shatter it. If he destroys the darkness, then he
will find his dream Paraphrase When he was younger he had big ambitions. As he got older, life got in the way and he had a taste of reality
At the end of the poem he was still trying to hold onto his dream and achieve his goal. The ending was a cliff hanger so we do not know if he achieved his goal or not.
This poem is written in blank verse.
Some of the literary devices used are simile, metaphor, and hyperbole.
eg. Bright like the sun
break this shadow into a thousand lights of sun
rose until it touched the sky Connotation In the beginning, the person in the poem
was devastated that he lost his dream
In the end he was motivated to get it back Attitude Shifts Title Theme The beginning of the poem was happy and bright because the person started to remember a lost dream
Towards the middle it started to get sad because he lost his dream again
In the end he was angry because he lost his dream and wanted to find it again. As the person in the poem gets older, his dream moves farther and farther away from him The theme is loss because the person in the poem has lost
his dream, but he is determined to get it back As I Grew Older
By: Langston Hughes

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun--
My dream.
And then the wall rose, Rose slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky--
The wall.
I am black. I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands! Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun! He was born on Feb 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, USA
He was an African-American man.
His parents were divorced as a kid and he lived with his grandma in Lincoln, Illinois till he was 13 and then moved with his mom and step dad in Ohio.
He spent a year in Columbia University, and three years in Lincoln University Background Info on Longston Hughes While he was in university he had many jobs. He changed jobs from being an assistant cook to a launderer and a busboy. He worked as a seaman for a while and traveled to Africa and Europe.
He was an author and poet. He wrote novels, short stories, plays and poems.
In 1926 he published his first book called “The Weary Blues” On May 22, 1967, he passed away from prostate cancer
He used to live in New York on East 127th Street which was renamed to Langston Hughes Place after his death. Outline 1) Background
5)Game Conclusion This poem is basically about a lost dream.
The person in the poem is trying to get back his dream.
But does he get it back....? The Game Instructions:

1) You will be divided into three groups.

2) When it is your turn one person from the group will have to come up and act out a line or word from the poem.

3) The rest of the class will then try to guess the line or word of the poem.

4) To get a point for your answer you have to give the literary device used in that line as well. Weaver, Afaa M. Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More
Langston Hughes- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More Works Cited
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