317747655-Langston-Hughes-Trumpet-Player-Suffering-and-Music.txt

317747655-Langston-Hughes-Trumpet-Player-Suffering-and-Music.txt

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1 Pranav Singh Professor Stephanie Hollenbeck ENGL 1102 06/19/2016 Langston Hughes’ “Trumpet Player”: Suffering and Music Part I: Scansion and Analysis In “Trumpet Player,” Langston Hughes reflects on how music can ameliorate the suffering endured through hardships but that the painful memories of those hardships never truly fade away. A prolific African American poet of the first half of the 20th century, many of Langston Hughes’ works voiced the emotions of the Harlem Renaissance movement in the 1930s. His poem “Trumpet Player” reflects on how African Americans continued to suffer from the effects of slavery even after its abolishment and embraced music as a means to ease the pain of their memories. Hughes’ poem is composed of four eight-line stanzas followed by two six-line stanzas. The poem does not adhere to standard English conventions, abstaining from all punctuation except for two em dashes. Furthermore, the poem uses capitalization in odd places heavily in the first stanza but significantly less in the remaining stanzas. In the third stanza, in which the author deals with the nature of music, there is a notable absence of any capitalization at all. The first, second, and fifth stanzas adhere to a similar structure, each consisting of a single sentence written in free verse. The third and fourth stanzas are also similar in structure, each consisting of two parallel sentences. However, even amongst these groupings, the stanzas vary
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