Poetry Analysis

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“Had I the Choice” by Walt Whitman is written in free verse and Walt Whitman himself is the speaker. There is a pattern of unstressed-stressed syllables in each line, which gives you a wave like rhythm. The poem was written in free verse. The poem is about Whitman wanting to freely and beautifully use words to write great poems in order to show his true emotions and feelings. The poet explains how to show this by telling about other writers works such as Homer, his work shows a lot of imagery by writing about wars and warriors, and Shakespeare, his work has in-depth themes because of the different language he made. Although the poem only consists one stanza throughout the entire poem, a shift occurs as Whitman illustrates his change in attitude from his wanting to write poetry like the writers mentioned to him saying that he is proud of his writing and wouldn’t change it. The poem was written during the last few years of his life, he probably wrote this poem to show the meaning of his work and to show what he thinks of his work. “Harlem” by Langston Hughes is about the blacks having their “dream deferred” when they became free. The dream of being truly free is being compared to a raisin that dries up as it is exposed to the sun. The imagery of the raisin shows the dream being “weathered.” The second image refers to the dream becoming “infected,” and slowing dying away. Since it is being infected they run away from that dream. If the dream is being put aside and their passion for it goes away it will “stink like rotten meat.” The dream will essentially jut stay in one spot and figuratively decompose. “Crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet” make it appear like the horizon is near, and yet so far. That it can be tasted, but not eaten. The dream has “sagged” turning into a burden for the individual who still dreams of it. It also makes it should like the dreamer

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