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Analysis and comments on The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

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Comment 21 of 131, 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 131, 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 131, 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 131, 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

Josh from United States
Comment 16 of 131, 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 131, 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.

the from United States
Comment 14 of 131, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 6:59 AM.

beautiful and sad

touk from United States
Comment 13 of 131, added on March 27th, 2006 at 12:13 PM.

main themes: Racial discrimination,alienation
tone:touching sadness
Hughes not only expresses himself but he represents all blacks in his poem.
He is talking about people's suffering and pain under oppression. Racial
discrimination was still apparent at that time" Coming from a black man's
soul." the word black is significant. "He played that sad raggy tune like a
musical fool….Sweet Blues!" The musician stands for the blacks who create
out of their dilemma beautiful art. The tone of sadness overwhelms .The
listener of the music stands for readers. As if Hughes wanted us (white
people) to feel for the blacks in their alienation and sadness. A question
that is not answered for me at least is why he quoted this blue song
particularly. I don't think it is a mere example. What does it connote "I
ain't happy no mo'… And I wish that I had died." It is not logic that he
did not mean it. is it to convey his sadness only or to add that if he
don't have his freedom it is better to die.
yet at last it is a wonderful poem that portrays black people agonies and
hardships.It is 95% African Americanan 2% blues 3% hughes.so if u didnot
like it read it again and if u did keep it in ur mind and soul.

Sankora from United States
Comment 12 of 131, added on March 26th, 2006 at 9:27 PM.

tone - sad and depressed
Hughes suggests that blues offer a certain kind of experience for both the
reader and the listener...they both benefit...uses imagery to paint a
picture...uses personification and onomotopoeia...asserts his isolationism
in line 20 "Ain't got nobody but ma self"...relationship between the
speaker and the audience mirrors the effect of the music itself for the
performer and the audience


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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: The Weary Blues
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