Park_EN201_Unit_7_Discussion - 1 The Langston Hughes poems we read this unit don\u2019t use technical rhyme and meter so why are they so rhythmically

Park_EN201_Unit_7_Discussion - 1 The Langston Hughes...

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1. The Langston Hughes poems we read this unit don’t use technical rhyme and meter, so why are they so rhythmically and tonally effective? (If you don’t think they are, explain why they don’t quite work for you.) When considering free-verse poems, we as readers can outright identify the lack of the most obvious element which is set to define poetry. It is, naturally, the lack of rhyme. Hence, as the usual perception of poetry is so deeply embedded in our minds from school days, we might tend to dismiss all poetic qualities of the work as soon as the lack of rhyme is observed. However, I believe that it is not quite right to define poetry like that; and the works of Langston Hughes is a good example to prove my point. While he certainly doesn’t use rhyme, I don’t think it is correct to state that his work is totally lacking meter. It is not rhymed or classically metered at that, for sure. But the echoes of some poetic meters are definitely present in his poetry, therefore making

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