Describe the rhythms of Langston Hughes’ “Dream Boogie." Does each line have the same meter? Where does the meter change, and why?
This poem is written in dimeter, which means that there are two main beats per line. As for the individual lines, though, the poetic feet change in order to accommodate the number of syllables in Hughes' chosen words. A Poetic foot is a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, and there are many types of poetic feet. The most common is the iamb, which is a two-syllabic foot comprised of an unstressed followed by a stressed syllable (like the word "deferred"). The other two-syllabic foot is a trochee, which is made up of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable (such as the name "David"). Hughes...
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