Comparing and Contrasting Langston Hughes “the Weary Blue”

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D. H. Lawrence’s poem “Piano” and Langston Hughes “The Weary Blue” are two remarkable poems about the connection they encounter with music. Lawrence and Hughes both use music to remind them of moments in life when music impacted them most. While both poems have similarities they also have vast differences. The poems “Piano” and “The Weary Blue” both use music as a theme, but the poets tone is what makes the poems different. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast Langston Hughes “The Weary Blue” and D.H. Lawrence “Piano” using the theme of music. Although the aforementioned poems use music as a theme, the poets both speak in first person to inform the reader who is telling the story. For example in the “Piano” from the beginning the poet’s first line is “softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me” (1) Lawrence uses the words “me” to inform the reader it’s his story he talks about and for the reader to have a better image of his story. The same goes to Hughes poem, in the third line “I heard a negro play” (3) the poet uses “I” to let the reader know he will be talking about his experience with music. Another similarity the aforementioned poems have is the poets want the reader to have connection with the poems so they can also encounter the emotional memoir the poets have when hearing music. The poets in the aforementioned poems are both male figures and they both use an instrument to symbolize comfort. The instruments the poets used are pianos.

Both Lawrence and Hughes feel a connection with music, the memories the poems have is what makes them different. In Lawrence’s poem, the memory he shares with his audience is more of a childhood memory. He says “… childish is upon me, my manhood is cast down the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.” (11/12) the piano Lawrence heard gave him a flashback into his younger years which gave him different types of emotions. Hughes poem is quite different from Lawrence’s; his encounter with...
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