Langston Hughes

By matthew

Mother to son

Well, son, I'll tell you:

Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

It's had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor--


But all the time

I'se been a‐climbin' on,

And reachin' landin's,

And turnin' corners,

And sometimes goin' in the dark

Where there ain't been no light.

So, boy, don't you turn back.

Don't you set down on the steps.

'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.

Don't you fall now--

For I'se still goin', honey,

I'se still climbin',

And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

Types of devices

Theme is a saying that describes the world

Metaphor it is describing something without using like or as

Imagery no chrystle stair

This was my favorite poem of his because I really like it when I see something(like a poem) that describes life from different veiwing points

April rain song

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops

Let the rain sing you a lullaby

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk

The rain makes running pools in the gutter

The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night

And I love the rain.

I, Too by Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.


I'll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody'll dare

Say to me,

"Eat in the kitchen,"



They'll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed‐‐

I, too, am America.

Personification let the rain kiss you

Imagery send me to eat into the kitchen

Theme that the rain should be apriceated

The weary blues

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,

Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,

I heard a Negro play.

4 Down on Lenox Avenue the other night

5 By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light

6 He did a lazy sway ....

7 He did a lazy sway ....

8 To the tune o' those Weary Blues.

9 With his ebony hands on each ivory key

10 He made that poor piano moan with melody.

11 O Blues!

12 Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool

13 He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.

14 Sweet Blues!

15 Coming from a black man's soul.

16 O Blues!

17 In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone

18 I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan--

19 "Ain't got nobody in all this world,

20 Ain't got nobody but ma self.

21 I's gwine to quit ma frownin'

22 And put ma troubles on the shelf."

23 Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.

24 He played a few chords then he sang some more--

25 "I got the Weary Blues

26 And I can't be satisfied.

27 Got the Weary Blues

28 And can't be satisfied--

29 I ain't happy no mo'

30 And I wish that I had died."

31 And far into the night he crooned that tune.

32 The stars went out and so did the moon.

33 The singer stopped playing and went to bed

34 While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.

35 He slept like a rock or a man that's dead.

Simile he slept like a rock or a man that's dead

Imagery rockin back and forth in an old Rickedy chair

Theme he loves the blues

Onomatopoeia thump thump thump

Biblo Editors. Langston Hughes. Digital image. Biography. Biography, 1 Oct. 2015. Web. 1 Oct. 2015.

Thanksgiving time

When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves a-crackling down,
When the autumn moon is big and yellow-orange and round,
When old Jack Frost is sparkling on the ground,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

When the pantry jars are full of mince-meat and the shelves are laden with sweet spices for a cake,
When the butcher man sends up a turkey nice and fat to bake,
When the stores are crammed with everything ingenious cooks can make,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

When the gales of coming winter outside your window howl,
When the air is sharp and cheery so it drives away your scowl,
When one's appetite craves turkey and will have no other fowl,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

Poetic devices




Feet o Jesus

At the feet o' Jesus,
Sorrow like a sea.
Lordy, let yo' mercy
Come driftin' down on me.

At the feet o' Jesus
At yo' feet I stand.
O, ma little Jesus,
Please reach out yo' hand.

Poetic devices




The city

In the morning the city
Spreads its wings
Making a song
In stone that sings.

In the evening the city
Goes to bed
Hanging lights
Above its head.

Poetic devices




Kids who die

This is for the kids who die,
Black and white,
For kids will die certainly.
The old and rich will live on awhile,
As always,
Eating blood and gold,
Letting kids die.

Kids will die in the swamps of Mississippi
Organizing sharecroppers
Kids will die in the streets of Chicago
Organizing workers
Kids will die in the orange groves of California
Telling others to get together

Whites and Filipinos,
Negroes and Mexicans,
All kinds of kids will die
Who don't believe in lies, and bribes, and contentment
And a lousy peace.

Of course, the wise and the learned
Who pen editorials in the papers,
And the gentlemen with Dr. in front of their names
White and black,
Who make surveys and write books
Will live on weaving words to smother the kids who die,
And the sleazy courts,
And the bribe-reaching police,
And the blood-loving generals,
And the money-loving preachers
Will all raise their hands against the kids who die,
Beating them with laws and clubs and bayonets and bullets
To frighten the people—
For the kids who die are like iron in the blood of the people—
And the old and rich don't want the people
To taste the iron of the kids who die,
Don't want the people to get wise to their own power,
To believe an Angelo Herndon, or even get together

Listen, kids who die—
Maybe, now, there will be no monument for you
Except in our hearts
Maybe your bodies'll be lost in a swamp
Or a prison grave, or the potter's field,
Or the rivers where you're drowned like Leibknecht
But the day will come—
You are sure yourselves that it is coming—
When the marching feet of the masses
Will raise for you a living monument of love,
And joy, and laughter,
And black hands and white hands clasped as one,
And a song that reaches the sky—
The song of the life triumphant
Through the kids who die.

Poetry devices




Feet o Jesus
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