Comparative Essay of Langston Hughes' Poems

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Langston Hughes was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance; He was one of the innovators of the literary art form of jazz poetry. Langston Hughes’ writings brought attention to the plight of the suffering, injustice and repression of African Americans. "Throughout his long career as a professional writer, Hughes remained true to the African American heritage he celebrated in his writings, which were frankly "racial in theme and treatment, derived from the life I know." (901). Langston Hughes uses metaphor, diction, imagery, and allusion in a lot of his poems. He also uses theme and irony to get his points across and give the readers the meaning of his works. In “Dream Variations” Hughes is using a structure of blues music: in each stanza the first, second, and fourth lines have four syllables, while the third is extended, longer, building up to an emotional climax. The structure of "Dream Variations" is simple: there are two rhyming lines); there is no meter to rhythmic structure. Most of the words in the poem are just one syllable. But, it is not Hughes’ intention for the poem to follow any poetic structure. “It has been suggested by many critics that the "place of the sun" to which he refers is Africa. This poem was written at a time when many African Americans were searching for a place and values that were distinctly their own and not part of white American culture. In a lot of his poems Hughes uses Africa to represent an ideal, a place of warmth and freedom that is a foil to the cold, uncaring atmosphere of the United States where for blacks discrimination, racism, and often brutal treatment were a feature of everyday life.” “In the very first line Hughes sets the tone and pace of the poem in his use of the word “fast”, because readers will associate it with being in a hurry and adds to the sense of urgency.” In the last line of each stanza Hughes talks
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