Ask Your Mam 12 Moods For Jazz Essay

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Langston Hughes’s Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz presents several jazz pieces that express the suffering that African Americans have had to face over many years. The vernacular tradition for these works, is expressed through the jazz music that plays in the background while the poems are being recited (Pasadena City College). The jazz music it gives it a feeling of Blues, but also tends do go to a more upbeat feeling during certain points of the poems. In Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz, all of the 12 pieces have a connection in various ways. The connections may involve the degree of suffering, money, or success. Between “Ode to Dinah” and “Horn of Plenty”, Hughes exhibits all three of these connections. Both of these works have many similar connections, but they also have many differences.
Suffering is a concept that can be seen through every one of the works in Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. In “Ode to Dinah”, the suffering component can be seen when Hughes states “Even when you’re winning/There’s no way not to lose” (Hughes 493). For an African American, being able to reach a goal and provide for your family is very difficult, especially if you are living in poverty. This is the primary problem in “Ode to Dinah”. The imagery in the video shows many pictures of African Americans who are working (Pasadena City College). The African Americans in the video do not look happy, and look as if they are only doing what they have to so that their families are able to live a…

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