Poems Analysis

Topics: Poetry, Sonnet, Love Pages: 30 (7764 words) Published: December 14, 2013
Literature II
Research Paper & Journal

Table of Context

a.Research Paper ………………………………………………………………………………. 2

b.Poems
1.Sir Patrick Spens ………………………………………………………………………… 6 2.Amazing Grace ………………………………………………………………………..… 9 3.Shakespeare Sonnet 55 ………………………………………………………………… 11 4.The Relic ……………………………………………………………………………..… 12 5.The Flea ………………………………………………………………………………... 14 6.The Anniverserie ……………………………………………………………………….. 16 7.The Canonization ………………………………………………………………………. 18 8.Batter My Heart Three Personal God ………………………………………………….. 20 9.Death Be Not Proud ……………………………………………………………………. 21 10.My Last Duchess ……………………………………………………………………….. 22 11.The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter ………………………………………………….. 25 12.We real Cool ………………………………………………………………………….... 27 13.ABC ……………………………………………………………………………………. 28 14.Frederick Douglass …………………………………………………………………….. 29 15.Ballad of Birmingham ………………………………………………………………….. 30 16.To My Dear and Loving Husband …………………………………………………...… 32 17.Come, My Celia ……………………………………………………………………...… 34

c.Words Definitions ………………………………………………………………………..… 35  
Research Paper
Being an American

Langston Hughes in the poem: “Theme of English B” made it clear what to be an American is. Being an American means being educated and participating in democracy. In addition, being an American means learning about American history and what it means to our survival. Moreover, being an American means enjoying more security, freedom and liberty than any other nation in the world. Above all of that, Langston Hughes made it clear that it does not matter the culture, race, or background that people has in America, for they are Americans; therefore, they share some characteristics such as: thinking, doing special things, liking staff, and learning.

Langston Hughes makes the reader intrigue by his way of thinking. His way of thinking is like an American all straight forward without looking back or thinking twice, but always with a little bit of joy and indecision: “But I guess I’m what I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you: hear you , hear me – we two – you, me, talk on this page.”(1077). At this point in the poem, Langston is undecided and just guessing on what it seems a nonsense conjunction of words; however, once the lines are read twice they make perfect sense and the reader agrees with Langston’s thoughts of feeling seeing and hearing Harlem, and then hearing Harlem hearing him, and at that point he is hearing himself.

Langston Hughes makes special things that are over stated for the American reader. These special things that an American can only do are over stated by the reader: “I take the elevator up to my room, sit down, and write this page:”(1076). When would a college student in a third world country would ride an elevator to go up to his room. As much simple and normal as the task seems, to ride an elevator to go up to a room, it is something so special and unique in the world that only happens in America. As strange as it seems for the American public, this task of riding an elevator to go to a college student room is so rare for other people. This special task is something that only Americans can do, share, and experience.

Langston Hughes as every other American likes staff. He likes staff that people at his age would like: “Well I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. I like pipe for a Christmas present, or records – Bessie, bob, or Bach.”(1077). With this lines he is implying that it does not matter that he is an African America or another person could be White or Latina or Chinese, that does not matter because they are Americans; they are living and liking the same staff. An American can be from any race, but he/she will always be an American and will have a lot in common with other Americans of his/her same ages.

Langston Hughes as every other American is learning in a certain way. He is learning in college as...

Cited: • Hughes, Langston. “Theme for English B.” Living Literature and Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Brereton John C. New York: Pearson Longman, 2004.
1076- 1077.
• AcaDemon. “Analytical Essay: "Theme for English B"” Analytical Essay. November 13, 2009.
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