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Good Time And Theme For English B

By zeisigkate Mar 18, 2015 833 Words
Katelynn Zeisig 
Mrs. Harmon  
AP English  
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). 

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