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An analysis of "Harlem" by Langston Hughes

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An analysis of "Harlem" by Langston Hughes ENG 150

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This is an analysis of the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes
Introduction to Literature
ENG 150, Harlem, Langston Hughes, Harlem by Langston Hughes
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This 2 page Bundle was uploaded by disk5464 on Sunday February 14, 2016. The Bundle belongs to ENG 150 at La Salle University taught by Hibschman in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 28 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Literature in Foreign Language at La Salle University.


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Date Created: 02/14/16
Harlem, by Langston Hughes ENG 150-02 2-10-16 Harlem, by Langston Hughes (Link) What are the first images discussed? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore Does it stink like rotten meat? What do they mean/ represent? There all negative Decay Happens overtime Gross Loss of life, the opportunity has passed Irreversible So how does this refer to the main idea “A dream deferred” Once the dream is gone, it’s gone for good Once hope / drive is gone you lose momentum If you let it go, people will forget Once you let it go it’s easy to keep letting it go But then the final two stanzas change the imagery Sags, like a heavy load. Becomes something that drags on It will never go away, a consent burden Constant reminder If this is where it ended how would it would make you feel? Hopeless, depressed But this isn’t the end there’s one more line, “Or does it explode?” This sets the tone for the entire poem. What does this mean? If we let it sit, it will blow up in our faces We will reach a breaking point It provides a sense of motivation This sets a positive tone but could it actually be a negative thing? Harlem, by Langston Hughes ENG 150-02 2-10-16 If it explodes it will skew your view point If you’re out of time now it’s gone forever So what’s the overall tone? Frustration Discouraged Overall this poem was written in the early 50’s. It was written at the end of the renaissance but before the civil rights era. What the poem is trying to convey is that “If we don’t make change now, we will lose our momentum and nothing will ever change.”


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