Langston Hughes

Topics: Langston Hughes, African American, Poetry Pages: 3 (1080 words) Published: September 30, 2012
Merry Go Round
I picked this poem because for two reasons: one because today is the first day of black history month and also because of the irony in the poem. On the merry go round there is no designated seat for a black or white person so this poem shows equality. This poem is ironic because of the light hearted tone which is contrast to the normality of racism. The line that stood out to me was “On the bus we're put in the back, but there isn’t any back to a merry-go-round!” This shows the symbolic image of a merry go round and its equality. Dressed Up

This poem is ironic. Langston talks about how he got all these new stuff but he has no one to tell him he is sweet with these entire new stuff. This shows that in this world our possessions are vanity. We can have everything in this world but without someone to love us those possessions are meaningless. At the end of my reading I was inspired to write my own poem named vanity. I came into the world with nothing.

Grew up in a poorest environment,
Educated under a difficult condition,
Got a good job, started having money.
I acquired wealth for myself.
I built houses, bought cars for myself,
Enjoyed the most luxurious places,
Slept in the most expensive hotels,
Traveled the entire world,
Bought my own personal jet,
Made my own personal parks.
Yet at the end I noticed that everything in this world is vanity, Because just like the way I came with nothing, so I will return with nothing.

Most of Langston Hughes poem are very short and direct. For example, his poem titled “Poem” is as follow; “I love my friend, He went away from me. There’s nothing more to say. The poem ends, soft as it began. I love my friend.” This poem shows the reader that a poem can be any length. Hughes relies on alliteration, similes, and anaphora in the poem. In "As I Grew Older," the speaker defines the loss of his dreams as a suffocating shadow, a wall that allows no passage. Long ago, when he was young, his dream...
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