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Topics: Emily Dickinson, Harlem Renaissance, Difference Pages: 1 (285 words) Published: October 29, 2014
2nd Period
Compare and Contrast
When I first read “Harlem” by Langston Hughes and “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson I saw more similarities than differences. But, after i read them a few more times I realized that there were more differences than similarities. One is really positive and the other negative. “Harlem” is a sad poem. The way the poem states what happens to a dream which has been given up. it says that once a dream is given up that people forget about their dream and it is never pursued ever again. Words such as, explode, rotten, and sore give negative feelings. It says that the dream starts to die because there is no drive to pursue it. “Hope” on the other hand is uplifting and brings happiness in some way. In this poem it says that you should always have hope that something will occur. It talks about what effect hope has on people when they have hope in something. The words that give the positive feelings are, warm, soul, and hope. The poem has a message that says that hope gives a person a feeling that keeps the person positive in all situations. “Hope” and “Harlem” are very different because one is saying that a ream dies after is given up, but the other is saying that you should have hope that something will happen. Even though “Hope” and “Harlem” are very different they still have a relationship. “Harlem” talks about a dream dying and “Hope” talks about having hope in something. So, what if there was hope that would make a person continue the dream that they had give up. Maybe it would make the dream last.
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