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Unformatted text preview: John Malloy Portfolio 5, Entry 3 “Negro,” by Langston Hughes “Negro,” by Langston Hughes, gives a very brief history of Africans, from the view of one. It mentions how they have been “slaves”, “workers”, “singers”, and “victims”. Each of the four middle stanzas of the poem induces feelings of sorrow and empathy for the African peoples. This is achieved by speaking of the rough times in America, the work put forth in creation of the pyramids, the sad songs they created, and the wrongdoings committed against them, respectively. The first and last stanzas, though, give the reader the feeling that the Hughes is proud of his heritage. This pride for his heritage is expressed through a simile in the final line of the first and last stanzas. Just as the persona states “I am a Negro,” he states that he is “Black like the depths of [his] Africa.” These lines symbolize Hughes’ feelings on being African. Because he openly states it, and continues to talk about “his” Africa, the reader gets the feeling that Hughes wouldn’t have it any other...
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Patterson during the Spring '07 term at Miami University.
- Spring '07