The Meaning of "Night Funeral in Harlem" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the poem "Night Funeral in Harlem," by Langston Hughes.
# 145643 | 1,097 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 21, 2010 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry)

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The paper explains the basic meaning of the poem "Night Funeral in Harlem," by Langston Hughes, that cultivating good relationships is more important than cultivating wealth, and looks at Hughes' use of rhyme, meter, imagery and diction. The paper then provides a fact sheet that discusses the title of the poem and the important words and clauses, paraphrases a section of the poem and provides the meaning behind the literal sense of the poem. The fact sheet also looks at the devices used, the attitude of the poet, the major shift in the poem, the theme and the symbolic meaning of the title.

From the Paper:

"Hughes uses the elements of rhyme and meter especially well. The main stanzas of the poem have a very sing-song quality, making them sound almost like parts of a jump-rope rhyme. This contrasts with the scene described in the poem, which is of a young man's funeral in Harlem. Hughes uses diction very well, too, and describes his imagery very clearly and simply. This also contrasts with the rhyme and the meter of the poem, making it seem childlike and happy at the same time as it is somber and reflective about the boy's death, and about the fact that neither he nor his friends have a lot of money to pay for all of the things needed at a funeral."

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