What are the themes of Blues poetry?    

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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. Blues poetry’s main themes involve the articulation of sadness, melancholy, and weariness while often celebrating the transcendence of these low or “blue” feelings.

The Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes was a master at incorporating blues themes into his work, and this is nowhere more evident than in his poem “The Weary Blues ” (also the title of one of his poetry collections). The poem utilizes descriptive language to capture the melancholic essence of the blues. Its speaker...

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