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families and kids now of their own but it is amplified by the awkwardness of their chance meeting in the busy park in early autumn after years of no communication, each hurrying on the way home before dark.
The autumn season signifies the progression towards a time of darkness and coldness, the season of winter. This also somehow conveys the message of being in the sunset or twilight of their lives already, in middle age and soon into retirement age. The exuberance of their youth had been gone and each of them is now weighed down by their respective marital and familial responsibilities. Their sense of loss is further emphasized by the loss of time, if only they could turn back the clock and go back to their younger days when they were the best of lovers. Both of them are now a bit old, although Mary is older than Bill, since she is the elder of the two.
The setting of the story is unfailingly very depressing, shown by the metaphors of fallen autumn leaves from the trees, “fell without wind.” The time of day was “autumn dusk” which is “nearly sunset” already; a few more minutes and it would be dark as night sets in. It was “cold.” Figures of speech used, such as metaphors and euphemisms symbolize the regrets of not having pursued their dreams; both are now in the autumn of their lives (Hughes, 2002, p.
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The poem by Langston Hughes is in homage to the depth and strength of the soul of the black people. It was published in 1921, when black people were still referred to as Negroes and were subjected to racist prejudice. Langston Hughes wrote the poem when he was only 17 and dedicated it to W.
Perseverance is prominent subject matter in the three poems. For the poem The Negro mother, the character describes her days in the “night”. These days are full of suffering, strife to stay alive, and the strife to preserve the coming generation even as it was subject to discrimination.
23). Hughes portrayed the coldness he experienced at the hands of his white peers for his being African-American and the racial oppression he witnessed all around him. Through his writings, Hughes supported the activist and radical racial movements and fought for the economic and political freedom of the black.
The author of the essay casts light upon the most famous poems by Langston Hughes. For example, the poem “I, Too” represents a powerful statement of hope for equality. It is also stated that this short poem expresses the state of dark-skinned people in America and his belief that the situation will naturally improve due to the inherent wisdom of human nature.
Hughes had the ability to write about black without speaking of race and talk about poverty without mentioning class. He has at times been revered as an important American artist and again marginalized in the shadows of the other great writers of the period.
His blackness lies at the core of much of his work, and he is not shy about pointing fingers when he sees a guilty party, although he is just as likely to joke as to get angry. Race was a prominent theme in his work, but even more obvious in his earlier writing is the hopeful optimism of the idealist, who believes that tolerance will trump all and that ultimately, Americans can learn to love one another regardless of ethnic heritage.
Over time, this discourse of spatial signing has evolved into a literary strategy of allusion to a diversity of symbolic and spiritual spaces in the figurative practice of black writers.
Allusions to the Old Testament iconography of place by which enslaved blacks identified themselves with the enslaved Israelites in Egypt and Babylon in the geography of their song reverberate distinctively in "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," the debut poem young Langston Hughes scribbled on an envelope as the train taking him to another summer in Mexico with his father crossed the Mississippi.
What Langston sought and admire was the communal identity in Southern blacks. His work is the greatest evidence of the racial unity he experienced directly throughout his life and it was due to this experience that he served in strengthening the faith constructing an ideal America.
f how African-Americans lived during the 20’s up to the 60’s, and was credited for the growth and development of the Harlem Renaissance (Academy of American Poets). Using his own experiences and fusing these with concepts strongly-tied and significant to African-American
The assumption is clear in the poem by the use of the simile “broken-winged bird”. Secondly, life loses meaning and becomes boring without dreams, and this is evidenced in the simile “barren field frozen with snow”.
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