A Comparison Of Langston HughesHarlem And The Negro Speaks Of Rivers?
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Langston Hughes uses both Harlem and The Negro Speaks of Rivers to evoke responses from his readers. Both of these poems are profound in and of themselves when simply read given the political and racial tensions at the time, but when read and digested, they can speak to any race, creed, or color. The use of figurative language in both of these poems is what makes them so easy to identify with. He uses blood, deep rivers, rotten meat, and other nouns to allow the reader to process what each of his or her own rotten meat or deep river is. Interestingly enough, when read passionately, the reader could get lost in his or her own story, but it is of upmost importance to remember that Hughes is chronicling the story of African American plight in such a way that allows anyone to identify with it. It is through this identification that allows anyone to develop pride and sensitivity for Hughes and his people. What does happen to a dream deferred? Immediately, Langston Hughes allows the reader to think of dreams of his or her own in Harlem. Maybe they wish they were a doctor, lawyer, poet, or professional athlete. “What if I had just tried that much harder?” or “What if I would have been more focused?” These are ways that Hughes is known for evoking participation from his reader. As seen in Harlem, the repeated question asking must elicit response from the reader. Without reading line two, the reader is already thinking about his or her dream deferred. What would that have dream