Evolution of Music: Offensive to Women, Yet Acclaimed in Society

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The Evolution of Music:

Offensive to Women, yet Acclaimed in Society

Victor Hugo, a well known French Romantic writer, once stated “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Though this statement was made in the 19th century, it continues to stand true to this day. Through decades of evolution, music has constantly been a way for anyone to express themselves through melodies, timbre, dynamics, and lyrics. People around the world are composing, as well as listening to, all kinds of music, and this unifies nations in all countries and continents. Introduction to Literature is an anthology that consists of a variety of literary works – poems, short stories, and excerpts from novels –
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The reader should be able to experience how music has changed as he reads from page to page and understand that the adjustments have not necessarily been for the better.

The first piece the reader encounters will be an insightful poem by the great Harlem writer, Langston Hughes. This poem, “The Weary Blues,” is a fantastic piece to use for the poetry section of class. It evokes a gloomy tone and the tempo of a blues song; it contains strong diction and includes blues lyrics within the piece itself; and it portrays a wonderful example of imagery. This poem is also comprised of a relationship between the speaker and subject as in lines 1-3. As Hughes states “Droning a drowsy syncopated tune, / Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon, / I heard a Negro play,” he connects the audience to the performer by describing their interaction of rocking back and forth. “The Weary Blues” also ties in well with this chapter because it speaks of an earlier form of music: jazz. During the jazz period, music was not about how harshly one could make his ex-wife sound to an audience, but freedom to play, listen, and dance to music. This idea of simplicity in music complements jazz music’s complexity of rhythm, syncopation of notes, and improvisation that varies by player. This poem creates a smooth transition to the next item in the chapter.

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For this piece, I envision the picture, as shown above, along with

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