Reflection Paper poem analysis

Reflection Paper poem analysis - 1 Langston Hughes author...

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1 Langston Hughes, author of Salvation, wrote many poems throughout his life to describe the struggles he experienced growing up black in America. Hughes conveyed what life was like for African Americans living in Harlem during the 1920’s through the stanzas in his poetry. The focus of most of his poems mainly concerned race relations and his struggle to overcome the obstacles society presented to any African American of the time who had the dream to be given equal opportunity as whites. In one poem, “Harlem: A Dream Deferred” much of this inspiration is reflected in terms of both theme and literary devices. The theme provokes the thought that having to postpone an individual’s desires can lead to a foremost destruction of the individual and eventually the society that surrounds him. Each rhetorical question within the first stanza is posed with the use of a rhyme and simile. He states the following similes “like a raison in the sun, like a sore, like rotten meat, like a syrupy sweet. “ Each question posed seemingly describes a negative effect of having your dream ignored despite your ability to achieve it. First, a raison that has been left out in the sun like an ignored talent will eventually become too dry and hard to serve its purpose. It will become a waste and useless to its original value. Secondly, a sore that goes untreated will
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course ENG 200 taught by Professor Can'tremember during the Spring '10 term at La Salle.

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