April rain song

by Langston Hughes

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


Line 1: Langston Hughes says in the first line,"let the rain kiss you" what he is saying it let the rain touch you is a positive way by adding the word "kiss" instead of saying something negative like, "let the rain hit you"

Line 2: Langston changes tone of the poem by saying,"let the beat upon your head". The tone is changed because the word beat is a negative word and makes it sound hurtful instead of peaceful as he did in line one. Langston goes on to say,"with silver rain drops" to leave line two with a positive not by saying the rain drops silver which is a positive word.

Line 3: Line 3 is the only line written in first person. The tone is switched back to a more peaceful tone in line three, because Langston says,"let the rain sing you a lullaby". When someone sings you a it is soft and peaceful.

Line 4: the tone is switch to neutral in line 4 and Langston changes the beginning from "let the rain" to "the rain makes" to make a statement and not a command. Then Langston continues to note that the rain is gathering and making still pools. Langston uses still to make the reader want to reflect.

Line 5: Langston continues his idea onto line 5 by saying, "the rain makes running pools in the gutter". Langston changes the words from line 4 which was "still" to "running" to give a more active tone.

Line 6: Langston pulls together all of the ideas throughout the poem to say, "the rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night".

Line 7: Langston simply loves the rain and everything it does and how it sounds.

Figurative language

Repetition- "let the rain", Langston repeats "let it rain" to put emphases on the reader to just let the rain fall and don't do anything about it.

Repetition- "rain", Langston repeats the word rain to show how much he loves rain.

Personification- Langston uses personification on lines 1,2,3, and 6 to give the rain human qualities.

Historical text

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was younger and his father moved to Mexico. Langston was raised by his grandmother. Langston was a very famous poet. He died in May 22, 1967 to prostate cancer. Langston was a social activist and a novelist.

Work cited

Hunter, Langston Hughes - Poem. "April Rain Song Poem." Poemhunter.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

. Academy of American Poets. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.
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