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How would you describe Langston Hughes's writing style in "Dream Variations"?  What is...

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Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM via web

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How would you describe Langston Hughes's writing style in "Dream Variations"?

 

What is significant about hughes's use of the parenthetical insertion"too"?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM (Answer #1)

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The poem is written in a simple, spare style, using primarily monosyllabic words, active verbs, and minimalistic adjectives. The rhythmic patterns of the lines follow more of a musical movement, occupying regular number of beats, that a strictly accentual syllabic pattern. The repetitive vocabulary and repeated themes almost remind the reader of nursery rhymes or early spirituals rather than the more elaborately literary modes of modernism. The use of repetition follows the pattern of improvisational theme and variations common in jazz music, an association emphasized by the importance of dance in the action of the poem.

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