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How can you rewrite the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes?

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I really like the previous answers and want to try my own hand at rewriting the poem. One of the main purposes of rewriting, I think, is to explore the structure and the full range of meanings of the words in the original. Ideally, too, there will be little repetition of the original words in the rewritten passage. So here goes:

When I don't get what I really want

What happens in me when I don't get what I really want?

Does what I really want start to fade from my mind, shink to almost nothing?

Or does it eat at me, make me ache inside?

Do I let it spoil my appetite?

Or do I swallow hard and try to forget it?

Perhaps it just makes me hunch over.

Or lash out in rage.

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Rewriting, or paraphrasing, is a useful exercise when considering the meaning and the structure of a poem. First, sometimes when we put a poem into our own words in prose we gain a clearer and deeper...

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