When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
Since I come up North de
Whole damn world’s turned cold.

I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong.
Yes, I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong,
But this world is weary
An’ de road is hard an’ long.

I fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
Fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
She made me lose ma money
An’ almost lose ma mind.

Weary, weary,
Weary early in de morn.
Weary, weary,
Early, early in de morn.
I’s so weary
I wish I’d never been born.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Langston Hughes's poem Po’ Boy Blues

13 Comments

  1. jmack says:

    Just SING IT… it’s the blues!

  2. cool kid says:

    i believe this poem is connected to the harlem renn. and i am there for using it for my research. thanks L.H.

  3. Dana says:

    Mr Hughes is clearly influenced by elements of the blues which is shown through the structure in terms of the repeats (AAB pattern)as well as the themes.This allows for a more accurate portrayal of the feelings of Negro’s in that period. This point is further supported as Hughes assumes the character of the young boy and uses the blues to develop a way of authenticating the typicalexperiences of a young black boy at the time.

  4. koo kid says:

    this poem was one of the best iv seen so i will use it in my report thanks mr.hughes.

  5. arthur hutchinson says:

    Mr.Hughes writes wondorful poetry.He is also a phenominal writer and i really enjoys his work.He is really and truely an inspiration to me

  6. Tommy Chong says:

    The way Langston Hughes is able to portra the fallicies of a Black man in a white society give me chills. The tribulations the African Americans faced was a daily occurence. Hughes does not attack this society but rather conveys the corruption of American society.

  7. young says:

    that seccond prt reminds me of myself lol. but langson is just one of the best poets…in my opinion.

  8. jhon says:

    the poem is about a poor boy who loved his home and after he came up north his world turned cold he fell in love with a woman who left him poor, he is so sad he wishes he was never born.

  9. tony says:

    what is the meanin of po’ boy blues?

  10. Suzanne says:

    I really like this poem. Ive always found that Langston Hughes my favorite because he never holds anything back. He says what he wants to say.

  11. courtney b says:

    It was very deep,the flow of the poem was smooth.I like the fact that he repeats his same lines because if you don’t catch what he says the firs time or don’t understand,the second time around you can really understand what he’s trying to say.

  12. SHIRLEY says:

    I LIKE THE PEOM VERY WELL, ITS JUST THE FACT THAT IN MOST OF HIS PEOMS HE REPEATS THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN,BUT IT IS VERY CREATIVE I WOULD DIE TO BE AS CRESTIVE AS HE IS IM NOT HATING AT ALL

  13. Jaki Brophy says:

    This is the best poem I have ever read.

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