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Democracy By Langston Hughes Essay

  • Submitted by: dkjoe86
  • on March 22, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 637 words

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Introduction to English literature.
Democracy by Langston Hughes.
Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

Is a strong seed
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

Info on the writer.
James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) or just Langston Hughes was an mixed race American poet (considered African American), novelist, playwright, and columnist. Best known for his work in the 1920s doing the Harlem Renaissance but also as one of the innovators of the so called jazz-poetry. Hughes was aware and proud of his African descent and was proud of it – therefore much of his work is based on everyday African American life in the US, as seen in The Weary Blues (1926), Fine Clothes to the Jew (1927) and Not Without Laughter (1930). Hughes was a speaker of equality among races and clearly against the racial segregation Jim Crow laws, for example shown in his work Jim Crow’s Last Stand (1943). Until his death in 67 Hughes kept writing about racial and human rights and African-American culture and heritage. Today Hughes is known as of the most influential and original black writers in American history, said to be assuredly the most representative of African American writers.

Thoughts on stylistic build up.
The poem is built by 5 stanzas with no clear symmetry. Though rimes occur as for all stanzas the last verse will rime on one of the earlier verses. For instance on the first stanza you will have the second verse last word riming on the last (fourth) verse last word – year + fear. The 3 stanzas which is also the biggest one stance out with two different rimes in it, with the first and third...

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