Langston Hughes Poetry
Langston Hughes was an American poet and innovator of the art form of jazz poetry. I will analyze and give some insight into the meaning of his poets for the point known as the Harlem Renaissance. “The Nergo Speaks of the River” Speaking for the people of Africa. The "I" of this poem links people of African descent to an ancient and life-giving force, the rivers. By asserting that he has "known rivers ancient as the world," the writer states the people of African descent, have an understanding of elemental forces in nature that precede civilization. The repetition of "rivers" and "human" lends to emphasize wisdom. The river is seen as a natural force outside himself that support life. He compares the human body to earth by comparing rivers to "human blood in human veins." Line 4 personalizes that comparison as the speaker compares the depth of his soul to the depth of rivers. The speaker moves from historically and symbolically associating himself and his people with rivers to metaphorically imagining rivers as part of his blood and soul. Rather than one human relationship to river is intertwine, as he goes on to show the close 2 relationship. The poem closes with the phrases that opened it. The speaker's language completes a cycle that mirrors the river's eternal cycling of waters around the earth and the African race's continuing role in human history. The speaker of Langston Hughes's "The Weary Blues" describes an evening of listening to a blues musician in Harlem. “With its diction, its repetition of lines and its inclusion of blues lyrics, the poem evokes the mournful tone and tempo of blues music. The reader is given an appreciation of the state of mind of the blues musician in the poem.” (Berry Faith) The poem begins with a speaker telling someone about a piano player he heard a couple...
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