Harlem Renaissance

Taylor Aistrop

What is the Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the 1920's. A renewal and flourishing of black literary and musical culture during the years after WWI in the Harlem section of New York city.

"Mother to son" Langston Hughes

This is yet another poem written during the Harlem renaissance. This poem is about a mother telling her son about all the hardships that she has to go through in her life. Then she tells her son not to give up no matter how hard it is to keep going on. The stairs and everything on or not on it are a metaphor for her life.
"Mother to Son" Langston Hughes poem GREAT female voice--then POET HIMSELF RECITES!

"The Negro Speaks of rivers"

The speaker in the poem says "Ive known these rivers" I believe that this means he has spent some times on these rivers. The rivers are as old as planet earth. The speakers soul has become as deep as the ancient rivers. The speakers soul seems old and he has lived through much heartache. The congo river seemed to sing a song to the speaker, a goodnight lullaby. I think maybe the speaker was a slave that helped build the pyramids he spoke of. The speaker CONTINUES to repeat "I've known rivers". Then again he also repeats "My soul has grown deep like the rivers"
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What happens when your own dreams when they are deferred?

When my dreams are deferred I do not like the way it makes me feel. I like accomplishing my goal and feeling important and proud. I think your dreams when they are deferred do "Dry up like a raisin in the sun?"

Work cited

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"Artists." The Harlem Renaissance. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014. <http://historyoftheharlemrenaissance.weebly.com/artists.html>.

Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014. <http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/negro-speaks-rivers>

""Mother to Son" Langston Hughes Poem GREAT Female Voice--then POET HIMSELF RECITES!" YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX9tHuI7zVo>.