Analysis Of The Poem ' World War I & Poetry ' Essay

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World War I & Poetry Arising during the 1920’s, a time period where strong animosity ran deep between the colored and the Caucasian, Langston Hughes (who is my favorite poet of all time) shined a luminous spotlight on the African American community through his writing in a way that no other writer during his time was able to match. Amongst other emerging black writers, Hughes led the parade of the Harlem Renaissance where a faucet of culture trickled in self expression through music, art, and literature. Writers like himself expressed raw emotion through their written works. Hughes served as the voice of thousands of African Americans living through tough times and oppression. Throughout this poem, Hughes uses rivers to paint a symbolic image describing African Americans and their grand roots of history. With beautifully written poems, he told their story. In order to fully understand the majority of Hughes’ work, often times one must be knowledgeable of the historical events he was personally influenced by. For example, in his poem “Harlem,” Hughes asks the question, “what happens to a dream deferred?” (“Harlem” 1) After asking if it dries up “like a raisin in the sun” (3), or stinks “like rotten meat” (6), he finally asks if the dream explodes. Many do not understand the deeper meaning of this last line of the poem. In the 1920’s, there were race riots held in Harlem started by ireful African Americans who wouldn’t put off their dreams of equal rights any longer…

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