Suffering in Hughes's the Weary Research Paper

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The poem reads like a song and yet it is about nothing to sing about. Here, Hughes touches on the spirit of the African-American people. They are strong and they withstand. They endure and do the best they can with their lot in life. It is not an easy task but it is one that is embraced. Singing was a form of escape and a means of coping for African-Americans and this poem captures both aspects of those experiences brilliantly. Art is the vehicle that allows people to chase away the blues. Hughes' poetry is unique in that it often finds itself merged with music, another form of expression. Blues and jazz emerge in "the Weary Blues" through a light and simple rhythm and a colloquial dialect. In the poem he writes, "In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone / I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan" (Hughes Weary Blues). We also get an idea of the beat of the poem with the "Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor" (22). The man is singing about the pain of oppression but he is still singing. This scene reveals an important aspect of African heritage.

Suffering becomes a source of inspiration for Langston Hughes. It represents the quintessential silver lining in the dark cloud as Hughes reveals how art reflects life in poetry that reaches across space and time. Through the experience of slavery, Hughes speaks with authenticity and a brutal honesty that cannot be denied. "The Weary Blues" remains a shining example of how art helps people overcome their obstacles, if only for a moment.

Works Cited

Hughes, Langston. "The Weary Blues." The Langston Hughes Reader. New York: George

Braziller, Inc. 1958.

Laughter, Paul. "Langston Hughes." The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Lexington:

D.C. Heath and Company. 1990.

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Works Cited

Hughes, Langston. "The Weary Blues." The Langston Hughes Reader. New York: George

Braziller, Inc. 1958.

Laughter, Paul. "Langston Hughes." The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Lexington:

D.C. Heath and Company. 1990.

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