He has traveled abroad, working at variety of jobs. He went back to the United States in 1924, after working in Africa and living in Paris for several months. By the time he returned, he was already well known as a gifted poet in African literary circles. He has written a lot of books and poetry on his time and is known as one of the major writers in the literary movement called the Harlem Movement. He involved himself in radical politics, traveling abroad as a correspondent. And although he has been awarded in Senegal as a historic artist at the First World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966, back at home, he was rejected by the younger generation of black writers. And in that same year, he died. Langston Hughes' "The Weary Blues" speaks of a weary man hearing blues being sung while walking along an avenue: "I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan
"Ain't got nobody in all this world,
Ain't got nobody but ma self." (Hughes L8-20)
Blues is the musical form that was used in this poem but it also signifies the emotional state of the speaker in the poem. We can see that the term "the blues" relates not only in the state where the speaker was in but we cab find that the lyrics of the in the musical form called "the blues" relates to what the speaker was feeling right there and then. Since the speaker is walking down Lennox Avenue, it is implied already that the speaker is black since this area is populated and is a home for African Americans in this era. Knowing the context of this poem can help us in understanding more about this poem. What contributed to the weariness expressed not only by the musician but also with the speaker are the economic and social conditions of their era. This was before the time of the American Civil Rights Movement, where racial discrimination is very rampant, and blacks are the receiving end of all the pain and humiliation, with less opportunities and sometimes none at all. The weariness that this poem is trying to express is brought out by the social situation that is encountered generally by the blacks: "Got the Weary Blues
And can't be satisfied
I ain't happy no mo'
And I wish that I...