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The Weary Blues

The speaker in "The Weary Blues" never reveals to us who he actually is. However, we know that he is involved to an extent in the jazz scene on Lenox Avenue; he knows not only the meaning of...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2018 8:42 pm UTC

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Written by Langston Hughes, poet of the Harlem Renaissance, “The Weary Blues” is set in a nightclub on Lenox Avenue where a world-weary black singer croons a mellow tune. He is laid-back, does “a...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2020 10:19 pm UTC

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There are several literary devices at work in the first line of Langston Hughes' poem “The Weary Blues.” Like most of Hughes' work, this poem isn't trying to be difficult to understand. Hughes...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016 4:14 pm UTC

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The Weary Blues is about a man who is in a jazz or blues bar, playing the piano and singing the blues. That is what the poem is about at its most basic level. Hughes wrote this during the Harlem...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 1:31 pm UTC

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The final line of Langston Hughes’s famous poem “The Weary Blues” describes the sleep of the bluesman depicted throughout the rest of the poem: He slept like a rock or a man that's dead. (35)...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 8:41 am UTC

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This is an excellent question, since it suggests (correctly) that changing even one word in a work can significantly alter the impact of that work. Langston Hughes’ decision to give his poem the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011 3:38 am UTC

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Let's begin by reviewing a few of the features of modernism as they apply to poetry. First, modern poets experiment with forms and styles. They break out of older modes, like the sonnet for...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 2:26 pm UTC

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Langston Hughes was an African-American poet who played an important role in the Harlem Renaissance. Much of Hughes' poetry is about the difficulties faced by African-Americans in that time period...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2016 1:43 pm UTC

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I think that Hughes employs a variety of images in the poem to show the complex nature of freedom. The piano player, in his own right, is shown to have freedom. Yet, this freedom is not entirely...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012 9:25 am UTC

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In Langston Hughes's "The Weary Blues," the speaker describes a blues singer who sings a song about how he "Ain’t got nobody in all this world, / Ain’t got nobody but ma self." While the speaker's...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015 12:17 am UTC

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Langston Hughes is the greatest poet of the Harlem Renaissance. His poems, especially "Dreams" and "Harlem," are often anthologized in high school literature textbooks. At the time Hughes was...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016 5:28 am UTC

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This complex poem equates the narrator's personal experience with the blues singer's experience and universalizes their mutual experience to generalize to that of African Americans collectively....

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 5:41 am UTC

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Blues poetry typically is comprised of a stylized representation of blues music, meaning it echoes some traits of musical forms and themes while also introducing particularly literary elements....

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 7:31 pm UTC

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For writing to be viewed as poetry, it must include a variety of characteristics such as rhyming. Aware of poetic characteristics, Hughes uses a variety of literary devices in his poem "The Weary...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016 9:34 pm UTC

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Langston Hughes believed in creating black art. In his famous essay "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" he argued it's impossible to separate the artist from his or her art, so literature,...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 6:35 am UTC

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Blues music has its roots in African American music of the South and was greatly influenced by slave work songs and spirituals. Beginning around the end of slavery, Blues lyrics often tell of...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 7:40 pm UTC

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Published in 1926, Langston Hughes 's first book of poetry was entitled The Weary Blues. Blues music is directly related to the African-American experience as the blues burgeoned from the work...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2011 3:50 am UTC

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First, he chooses descriptive words and phrases that provide a melancholy and tedious tone to represent his somber and often pessimistic view of the America he has experienced. In the first 12...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2009 6:05 am UTC

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Langston Hughes' poem “The Weary Blues” is about the emotional anguish of an old blues singer/piano player. To look at why he uses the term “moan” in connection with the singer's piano, we have to...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 8:45 pm UTC

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Diction is the way an author or poet uses words. In “The Weary Blues” hues uses the words to create the impression of blues music. In the beginning of the poem, the rhythm seems to match the croon...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012 5:11 pm UTC

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This poem, written in 1923, is about an African American jazz musician who is playing and singing in a nightclub. The speaker of the poem is observing the singer, noting how physically tired or...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2010 12:28 pm UTC

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The narrative voice of "The Weary Blues" is in the first person. The narrator describes the events s/he experiences, but does not give us any detailed self-description. There are a few possible...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 3:53 am UTC

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There are some clues in "The Weary Blues." One set tells how the narrator relates to the singer/musician and the song "Weary Blues." Another set tells facts about the singer/musician's life. While...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2011 8:47 am UTC

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The musician in Langston Hughes’ poem “The Weary Blues” seems to feel lonely and isolated. Several clues suggest why he may feel this way. Among those clues are the following: In line 3, the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 3:30 am UTC

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Truthfully, the only way to know why Langston Hughes titled his famous poem "The Weary Blues" would be to ask him. Given that we no longer have that option, your opinion is as good as mine....

Latest answer posted February 9, 2011 4:35 am UTC

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Langston Hughes’ poem “The Weary Blues,” which is set in an era before the Civil Rights Movement, implies a number of reasons for the weariness of the musician. Those reasons include the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 3:50 am UTC

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In his poem, "The Weary Blues," Langston Hughes places his piano player on Lennox Avenue (which is now named Malcolm X Boulevard). Lennox Avenue is considered by Hughes in his poem as the heartbeat...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2011 4:10 am UTC

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