Both of these artist experienced hardship, observed slavery, all of which they over came through writing. According to Arnold Rampersand, “Langston Hughes never sought to be all things to all people but rather aimed to create a body of work that epitomized the beauty and variety of the African American and the American experiences, as well as the diversity of emotions, thoughts and dreams that he saw common to all human beings”. Langston Hughes designed to speak volume. Sam Cooke’s lyrics became an anthem to the American Civil Rights movement. He was one of the pioneers of soul music.
“I, Too, Sing America” In Langston Hughes’ “I, Too, Sing America, he talks about how he will overcome the racism and hardships African Americans have had to deal with in America. Saying “They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes” shows how the black people were degraded and not treated equally in comparison to the white man. But despite this, Hughes claims that he is still able to laugh and eat just as well despite his isolation. He is able to “grow strong” (7) and claims that “tomorrow, [he will] be at the table when company comes” (8-10). There are many parallels from this work of Langston Hughes to the famously known poem “Still I Rise” written by Maya Angelou.
3.2 PROS AND CONS 3.2.1 ADVANTAGES OF SOCIAL INTERACTIONS "People who need people …" is more than just a clause from a familial tune. Having buddies as well as external activities can affect a contrast in existing longer and healthier continues (Value Options, 2006). Every person requires to experience admired and buttressed-particularly, as we increase elderly. As we age, acquaintances definitely can be saviour. The buddy who carries the chicken soup makes as much difference in feeling better faster as the soup itself.
As an inspirational speaker, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled the country, giving speeches that motivated both blacks and whites to live in racial harmony. He always appeared positive, rational, and idealistic while preaching his views. All of these qualities are evident in King’s most quoted line —"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character". Malcolm X, however, was known as an extremist. For much of the time that he spent as an Islamic minister, he lectured about separatism between blacks and whites.
Even though Hughes is a black American he still has the courage to question America’s unfilled promises. Langston Hughes is able to give the readers of his poem a first hand account of a disingenuous America. Speaking from his personal experience Hughes makes it easy to see the injustices of this time. In this poem Hughes depicts America as a misleading place and a land of broken promises. America is portrayed as a land with a bright future that needs the people suffering from the injustices to fight for what they deserve.
Not only does “The Paradox”, use personification for characteristics, but also for actions. This is demonstrated in the last quatrant, “I’ll guide thy footsteps and lead thee” and many more areas in the poem. Another common literary element in poetry is the use of metaphors, a figure of speech where a subject is described in resemblance to an unrelated object or thing, without the use of comparative words. Metaphors tend to give poems a deeper meaning or a hidden message, and it also allows the readers a chance to explore beneath the surface,
An Annotation of Incident by Countee Cullen Racial prejudice is a theme widely explored in numerous literary works, more specifically in poetry. Many poets have used elaborate language and complex structure to express their opinions about and/or experiences with racial discrimination. However, Countee Cullen, is one of the poets who use simple language and simple structure to tell his experience with racial prejudice. This essay argues that Countee Cullen’s Incident uses simple language, metaphors, and structure to express his complex sentiments for racial prejudice. He began his poem with a cheerful mood and ended it with a dramatic, unfortunate revelation.
In my opinion, the Gettysburg Address is such a great speech because of its power opening, brevity, and a perusable ending. First of all, Abraham Lincoln started his speech with a powerful opening, which impressed people of different diversities. For example, the quote “Four score and seven years ago our father brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” shows his favor for an equal society. In the quote, Lincoln mean that a long time ago, people fought for the liberty of the United States, and they believed that all men are equal. Lincoln ensured that all people including the black and white people, are created equally.
The Harlem Renaissance was a time in which many Africa Americans struggled with their identity as a freed person and asked the question: Who am I? “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” provides the African American people with a profound answer: African American people have a rich heritage and culture that spans from the creation of mankind up to the Harlem Renaissance. “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” was written when Hughes was on a train to meet his father. Hughes was deeply troubled about two issues. The first issue was that his father, who was a Negro of mixed blood, disliked Negroes.
In the poem “Introduction to Poetry” by “Billy Collins”, language techniques are used, including similes, metaphors and extended metaphors. These features are used to contribute to the overall meaning of the poem, which is to enjoy poetry for what it is rather than trying too hard to find the hidden meaning of poems. In the opening stanza of the poem, a simile is used to compare a poem to a colour slide. The speaker says: “I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a colour slide.” When you hold a slide up to the light, you can see the detail and meaning of it. This relates back to the main idea of the poem, and not trying too hard to find the hidden meaning of poems.