Poems of Oppressed Black Society Poem Review

Compares the poems "Harlem" by Langston Hughes and "jasper texas 1998" by Lucille Clifton, which relate the difficulties of the African American experience.
# 152162 | 830 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 07, 2013 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Racism)


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Description:

This paper explains that the poems, "Harlem" by Langston Hughes and "jasper texas 1998" by Lucille Clifton, use different types of imagery, conflict and figures of speech to create the realization of their cultural alienation due to racism. To support this statement, the paper presents examples of Hughes' and Clifton's use of imagery so that the reader can generate ideas and mental images, not only of the visual but also of emotional images relating to the oppression of African Americans. The paper concludes that each poem at the ending describes metaphorically death but urge that African Americans must gain equality by keeping their dreams and hopes alive.

From the Paper:

"In "Harlem", the conflict of social equality begins in the first stanza of "Harlem" and
thickens until the last stanza is beyond repair. The first stanza begins by asking the question, "what happens to a dream deferred". The narrator is in a dislocated life emphasizing his point of bondage. The negative effects following his concerns with black society Hughes asks, "does it explode", which becomes a destructive force that will come if no action is taken into place for the dream to come alive. In "jasper texas 1998", the conflict is traumatic from the beginning consisting of death and torment. The author suggests the head is alienated from the other parts of the body stating, "I am a mans head" and then singled out by the hand. The author realizes his time is passing saying, "I am done with this dust. I am done". This dramatic effect of spacing represents a detachment from the dust. The author sees himself as an equal with dust but realizes he didn't have the same equalities as dust. There is a definite separation between African Americans and whites (dust). One simple element separates the two races, color."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clifton, Lucille. "jasper texas 1998." Portable Legacies: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction. Eds. Schmidt, Jan and Crockett, Lynn. Boston: Wadson 2009. 991.
  • Hughes, Langston. "Harlem." Portable Legacies: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction. Eds. Schmidt, Jan and Crockett, Lynn. Boston: Wadson 2009. 991.

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