He injects the ordinary with his own special insights. During the twenties when most American poets were turning inward, writing obscure and esoteric poetry to an ever decreasing audience of readers, Hughes was turning outward, using language and themes, attitudes and ideas familiar to anyone who had the ability simply to read. Finally, it is that tradition that helps keep the singer alive and gives him his identity, since when he is done and goes to bed he sleeps like an inanimate or de-animated object, with the blues echoing beyond his playing, beyond the daily cycles, and through both conscious and unconscious states. May its branches spread and shelter growUntil all races and all peoples know its shade. He declares he is an American and should have the rights to stand on his two feet and own his land, supported by lines 7 through 9.
The right to vote is a freedom granted in a democracy, and a freedom that the poem concerns itself with in its discussion of democracy. And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between me and my dream. In the poem Dreams by Langston Hughes, Hughes explores the ideathat without dreams, life is without meaning. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. Freedom Is a strong seed Planted In a great need. Rose until it touched the sky-- The wall.
No longer the light of my dream before me, Above me. Langston Hughes and the Blues. Hughes was often criticized by his contemporaries for portraying life in such a negative fashion. I want freedom Just as you. I have as much right As the other fellow has To stand On my two feet And own the land. Down into the earth went the plowIn the free hands and the slave hands,In indentured hands and adventurous hands,Turning the rich soil went the plow in many handsThat planted and harvested the food that fedAnd the cotton that clothed America.
I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil. I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. That tree is for everybody,For all America, for all the world. From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,We must take back our land again,America! De Santis, University of Illinois Press, 1995. The imagery in this poem contributes to the image of the frustrating times of how dreams end up for African Americans during this time period.
And if he has none, why not? I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course. Perhaps the poet's reaction to his father's flight from the American racial reality drove him to embrace it with extra fervor. It was not that ideas and events and places and people beyond the limits of Harlem—all of the Harlems—did not concern him; these things, indeed, were a part of his consciousness; but Simple's rock-solid commonsense enabled him to deal with them with balance and intelligence. Written in 1949, he obviously wanted change and equality in the present when he was alive, and not in the future, for a dead man has no right to freedom. He seems to speak for millions, which is a tricky thing to do.
Theme 1: Democracy In my opinion, there are two major themes throughout this poem, Democracy and Racial Stereotyping. Believe in the right, let none push you back. Therefore, Langston Hughes felt compelled to speak his mind for equality and his birthright freedom via poetry. Don't you set down on the steps. Simple also knows that the strength, the tenacity, the commitment which are necessary to win the struggle also exist within the Black community. Democracy back then was laughable and a joke - and outright biased.
Snow has friz me, Sun has baked me,Looks like between 'em they done Tried to make meStop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'-- But I don't care! Words: Compromise: Make a deal between different parties where each party gives up part of their demand. However, his writing was politicized, and as such, he sought to produce poems with a message. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. Out of labor came the rowboatsAnd the sailboats and the steamboats,Came the wagons, and the coaches,Covered wagons, stage coaches,Out of labor came the factories,Came the foundries, came the railroads. Until the time of his death, he spread his message humorously—though always seriously—to audiences throughout the country, having read his poetry to more people possibly than any other American poet. Simple lived in a world they knew, suffered their pangs, experienced their joys, reasoned in their way, talked their talk, dreamed their dreams, laughed their laughs, voiced their fears—and all the while underneath, he affirmed the wisdom which anchored at the base of their lives. The second stanza resembles the baby going through childhood.
Democracy implies free and equal representation of people; in more concrete language, it implies free and equal right of every single soul to participate in a system of government, which was nonexistent to blacks at the juncture due to the Jim Crow laws. Wright Lincoln University Poets, Fine Editions, 1954. Nixon Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. Remember the whip and the slaver's track. Lift high my banner out of the dust. The poem is in the First Person, and it's not about eating, although this metaphor is used throughout the poem.