March 9, 2015
“good time” and “Theme for English B”
“good times” by Lucille Clifton and “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes both contain similar claims. Both poems are about the struggle of life and discrimination black people undergo. The poem “Theme for English B” is more successful of painting the full picture of discrimination and the struggle of life, then the poem “good times”. The poem, “Theme for English B” is more successful than, “good times” because “Theme for English B” has better structure, the speaker is more distinct, and the diction brings the reader in for a more personal experience.
The structure of “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes is more successful of pulling the reader in for a more personal experience, then “good times” by Lucille Clifton. “Theme for English B” has no form, the speaker is simply saying anything on his mind, telling a story. For example, lines 1114, the speaker explains his journey home from a college he goes to, where he is the only colored man. Also, the speaker makes the poem more casual, more of a conversational piece, bringing the reader in for a more personal experience. For example, the speaker asks several questions throughout the poem, such as, “I wonder if its that simple?” (Hughes, 6), and also, “so will my page be colored that I write?” (Hughes, 27).