Analysis of the Poem' The Weary Blues'

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Poem Analysis The Weary Blues This speaker gives a detailed description of listening to a blues musician in Harlem. This poem has a mournful tone and tempo of blues due to its diction, repetitive lines and inclusion of blues lyrics thus, giving the reader an appreciation of the state of mind of the blues musician in the poem. In the poem, the poet incorporates several literary devices to assist in upholding the theme and tone of the poem. The main theme in this poem is the importance of music in human's daily lives; music is used to guide mixed emotions, express joy and happiness, describe personal issues or as a means to release anger and frustration. Langston in his poem gives consideration to the elements of blues music in the entire poem. Words associated with music, melody and tune are used to describe the night, the blues and the piano player. The sound of the music is described as a "mellow croon" as the piano player sings the "tune o' those weary blues." The "raggy tune" and "melancholy tone" portray music that is sad, sobering, and grim. The colloquial language used in the poem captures the readers' attention while the diction used emphasizes the musician's societal disposition while highlighting his frustrations; "Ain't got nobody but ma self. I's gwine quit my frownin'...I ain't happy no mo'." In addition, the poem uses imagery extensively; words like "drowsy," "rocking," "pale dull pallor," "lazy sway," "rickety stool," and "raggy tune" portray the
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