ENGLISH LANGSTON

ENGLISH LANGSTON - Tasha Forsberg Academic Writing II...

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Tasha Forsberg Academic Writing II Reading Questions for The poetry of Langston Hughes 1. Langston Hughes' central purpose in writing was, in his own words, "to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America." How do the poems in this section illustrate his attempt? In his poems it shows that the black community is strong and beautiful, and shows that people will realize some day. 2. What is the dream Hughes refers to in "Harlem"? Why might it explode rather than dry up? It is a tough dream that he doesn’t really know what to do about. It might be too much to just dry up, and the dream may make him explode. 3. “Harlem” was published in the 1950s in between WWII and the Civil Rights Movement. What is significant about the message in poem and the time period within which is was published? The fact that he is showing that some things don’t matter and can just dry up and be over with, when other things hurt…or could even explode if put to that level. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course ENG 01 taught by Professor Kasper during the Spring '08 term at St. Leo.

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