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Analysis and comments on The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

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Comment 21 of 124, added on May 9th, 2010 at 2:01 PM.

"Harlem was not so much a place as a state of mind,the cultural metaphore
for black america itself".Discuss the statement in relation to the weary
blues and a Montage of a Dream Deffered by Langston?

malek from Algeria
Comment 19 of 124, added on March 21st, 2008 at 1:19 PM.

I really like how Hughes seems to make his poem flow like a blues song. I
feel as if the pianist himself shows not just black people but great
musicians themselves, a musicians heart and sole is in his instrument, and
when one isn't playing it they are really nothing, just normal.

Jake from United States
Comment 18 of 124, added on December 6th, 2007 at 2:57 PM.

"The Weary Blues" is a good poem. I think the piano is the symbol in this
poem because when he plays it its like a song but when its over he falls
asleep like a rock and that shows that the piano is a symbol in this poem.
It's like if the piano represents the life of the man.

sergio c from United States
Comment 17 of 124, added on October 7th, 2007 at 6:10 PM.

This poem is not about Langston Hughes, Its about all blacks during that
time. Its also about W.E.B. Dubois theory on "Double-Consciousness." The
theory of a "two-ness" being African and American, and the constant
struggle between the two. Theres a contrast in "Ebony hands for each Ivory
key." Its also about the isolation that people feel when they are stuck
with this dilemma. He offers a solution by saying quit ma frowning, and put
ma troubles on the shelf," saying that we as a people need to make the best
of what this is and achieve the way we always do. Thats just my opinion
though...

Josh from United States
Comment 16 of 124, added on May 31st, 2006 at 1:50 AM.

i say that this poem is about injustice and inequality. though, hughes is
trying to portray the disputed fact among the natures of two traditions in
a white society in how they are intertwined with each other nontheless.

Mary Suw from United States
Comment 15 of 124, added on May 1st, 2006 at 10:54 PM.

The rhythm and rhyme patterns in the single stanza poem, The Weary Blues,
are constantly changing, like a jazz or blues song, giving you the sense of
listening to music. One listens from the view of a weary black man
listening to another weary black man singing in a club. The melancholy
vernacular and the rundown image of the piano gives the poem a slow,
dreary, beaten tone.
The piano represents two themes; the first, racial incongruence and the
next, hope. The piano, with its ivory keys, moans as if in protest of the
ebony fingers that play it, belonging to a man, who although tires of
fighting, still tries.
The moan, when paired with the line “and I wish that I had died”
contradicts what the poem seems to say on the surface. We know that people
sing the blues so they don’t get the blues, and no one in their right mind
wants to die, neither does the singer, because he went to the club and sang
about his sorrows to lift his sorrows. The moaning piano, despite its
weariness, still played its sad song. The poem is about life, perseverance
and hope.


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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: The Weary Blues
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