Theme Of Revelation And Personhood In The Poetry Of Langston Hughes

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Poetry has a way of evoking feelings that help to elicit themes. The poetry of Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickenson have common themes of revelation and personhood. Throughout their poems portray images that allow the reader to feel and see things be uncovered and people transform their being. Revelation can be described as realizing or bringing something to light; personhood on the other hand, is the idea of being an individual and the qualities that make one an individual. Robert Frost describes both themes in his poetry. He speaks to life choices and how they influence the individual. Langston Hughes depicts ideas of dreams and identity in his poetry that help to describe the themes of revelation and personhood. Lastly, …show more content…
Living through the heart of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes was able to experience many changes in America. His poetry helped to bring to light dreams and aspirations for a better time and a better self. In doing so, he follows the theme of personhood describing the dreams and aspirations of the black man in the early to mid 1900’s. In his poem, I, Too, Hughes states, “Besides / They’ll see how beautiful I am / And be ashamed / I, too, am America” (Hughes, p.1279). In this poem Hughes depicts a black man that is discriminated based on his skin color and follow the theme of personhood by illustrating what hope and charisma this man has. The character in Hughes’s poem depicts a strong and independent man. This person sees a better time ahead and hopes that one day things will be different. His attitude sets an example for others experiencing a hard time. No matter the circumstance, things will improve and the individual’s beauty, as described by Hughes, will …show more content…
In his poem, The Road Not Taken, Frost describes an individual at a turning point in his or her life. He states, “Two roads that diverged in a wood, and I / I took the one less traveled by, / An that has made all the difference” (Frost, p.1345). In these stanzas, Frost is describing the effect the choices we have make on our life. In this poem, as well as life, this is very true. The decisions one makes at the critical points in life, deciding to go right instead of left, or visa versa, define that person. As individuals, we are faced with choices daily, the choices one makes and the way in which one handles the outcomes of these choices, defines that person’s

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