Thesis: Langston Hughes and the Blues

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Introduction Thesis Langston Hughs viewed the music of the blues and poetry as kindred forces that propelled the downtrodden blacks of the 1920s and 1930s toward a better day.

II. Paragraph Two develop metaphor between constancy of blues music and ocean waves in live of black people.
Quote blues poems: Weary Blues, Po' Boy Blues, Homesick Blues.
Relationship between the listener (the poet) and the blues musician, each coming to the same place night after night

III. Paragraph Three using Langston's essay "Songs Called the Blues," discuss how the blues are "city songs"
Discuss evidence that hardship that accompanied blacks during and after the Great Migration
Hard times were a catalyst for the Harlem Renaissance, inspiring music, literature, poetry, and art common themes were waiting for better times (blues)

IV. Paragraph Four Form of poetry reflects the tone, tempo, and repetition of blues music
a. The poem itself is a third-person description with some interpolated first-person, eight- and twelve-bar blues lyrics

V. Conclusion
a. The forms, use of metaphor, and source of inspiration illustrate the influence of blues music and on Langston Hughes poetry
Langston Hughs viewed the music of the blues and poetry as kindred forces that propelled the downtrodden blacks of the 1920s and 1930s toward a better day. It is the constancy of the blues as an expression of heartache of "the black South, particularly the city South" that forms…
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