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What is the meaning and structure of the poem "Sun Song" by Langston...

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zero0master | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 15, 2009 at 4:13 AM via web

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What is the meaning and structure of the poem "Sun Song" by Langston Hughes?

Sun Song by Langston Hughes

Sun and softness,

Sun and the beaten harndess of the earth

Sun and the song of all the sun-stars

Gathered together-

Dark ones of Africa

I bring you my songs

To sing on the Georgia roads.

thats the poem

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thebanannie | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 15, 2009 at 7:03 AM (Answer #1)

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The poem is written with repetition of the word sun in order to evoke emotion around that word. In this way as you understand the poem you then relate it to the word sun.

 The poem is also using opposites to show the vastness of the songs one could sing and bring. The poem suggests a gathering and sharing of songs. These songs contain culture of the "Dark ones of Africa" "on the Georgia roads". Hughes is referring to the songs of the African slaves. Langston Hughes wrote several pieces related to this topic.

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