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The Weary Blues Analysis



Author: poem of Langston Hughes Type: poem Views: 67


Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o' those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
     O Blues!
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
     Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man's soul.
     O Blues!
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan--
     "Ain't got nobody in all this world,
       Ain't got nobody but ma self.
       I's gwine to quit ma frownin'
       And put ma troubles on the shelf."

Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
He played a few chords then he sang some more--
     "I got the Weary Blues
       And I can't be satisfied.
       Got the Weary Blues
       And can't be satisfied--
       I ain't happy no mo'
       And I wish that I had died."
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
The singer stopped playing and went to bed
While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
He slept like a rock or a man that's dead.

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The poem though depicts the raggedy fate of a Blues musician, the narrator brings to focus the dreadful situation that is prevelant in American society even after the civil war.
Line 3 gives an exact construction of how the inequality is seen when the poet uses delibrately the derogatory word for identifying african-americans (I heard a Negro play).
Line 5 shows that the musician was singing in a dull pallor rather than in a theatre for he is racially discriminated.
However fool of a man that Blues singer might be he still goes on with his melancholic tone. He sings about his lonliness, dissatisfaction and death. He went on singing within his world till the stars went out and so did the moom. Finally he goes to sleep like a rock that can\'t think or dead man who can\'t think either. It depicts his weariness which justifies the title \"The Weary Blues\".
- Phoenix

| Posted on 2012-01-19 | by a guest


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The poem though depicts the raggedy fate of a Blues musician, the narrator brings to focus the dreadful situation that is prevelant in American society even after the civil war.
Line 3 gives an exact construction of how the inequality is seen when the poet uses delibrately the derogatory word for identifying african-americans (I heard a Negro play).
Line 5 shows that the musician was singing in a dull pallor rather than in a theatre for he is racially discriminated.
However fool of a man that Blues singer might be he still goes on with his melancholic tone. He sings about his lonliness, dissatisfaction and death. He went on singing within his world till the stars went out and so did the moom. Finally he goes to sleep like a rock that can\'t think or dead man who can\'t think either. It depicts his weariness which justifies the title \"The Weary Blues\".

| Posted on 2012-01-19 | by a guest


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he was trying to tell a sad story of something that he may have whitnessed

| Posted on 2010-11-04 | by a guest


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A poem by Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues, has many hidden meanings. This poem about the struggle of black people in the America: being African American. He tries to explain the contrast by saying that “Ebony hands for each Ivory key” (Hughes 400). It is about unfairness and discrimination. Hughes is trying to portray the disputed fact among the natures of two traditions in a white society in how they are intertwined with each other nonetheless. This poem was written in thirties which mean people were affected my great depression and power of depression took over their lives, not death. Hughes refers black people as a sad tune because they were the victim of racism and prejudice.

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest


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we had to do a research on this poem! yall should of written more so that we could copy and paste more! but thanks for what you had:) i hope my teacher likes it. muahhh!

| Posted on 2010-04-08 | by a guest


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If this poem had only been written a little later, 50's or 60's, we could say that the piano player is under the influence of heroin. That he is drowsy refers to "nodding out". Syncope is a musical term but also a medical term for fainting. When the player sings about his weary blues he could be talking about his addiction and that he can't every be satisfied. "He slept like a rock* or a man thats dead" rock could indicate a slang term for heroin, he may have died of an overdose.

| Posted on 2010-03-09 | by a guest


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Central theme is of African Americans, the struggle of the african american community and the racism that they had to face

| Posted on 2009-10-28 | by a guest


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Having the era of bad lives may allow a power of depression to takes over our lives but many depressed moments should be a part of life and not death.

| Posted on 2009-05-11 | by a guest


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ithink what langston wants to point out in this poem is to celebrate the america black culture ,depicting that their civilisation is a culture of good feelings,peace,equallity and harmony.through using the symbol of this culture which is the jazz music.the sad tune used in the poam reflects the bad status of the blacks in that era,yet their weariness about the discrimination and the racial alienation.

| Posted on 2009-05-09 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2009-05-06 | by a guest


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i think that the poem is the power and the pwer is of the poem

| Posted on 2009-04-14 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2009-03-26 | by a guest


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He is therefore saying that the two can not be seperated. The music is his soul and he is the music.

| Posted on 2009-03-21 | by a guest


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This poem is a result of the Harlem Renaissance.
-ladybug

| Posted on 2008-12-09 | by a guest


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The peom enforces the idea of double-voicedness of African-American literature. African-American literature draws upon two voices and cultures; white and black. The joining of these two discourses produces the uniqueness of African-American literature.

| Posted on 2008-11-04 | by a guest


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This poem is about racial inequality. When Hughes says " His ebony hands on each ivory key" he is making the musician part of the instrument and the instrument part of him. He is therefore saying that the two can not be seperated. The music is his soul and he is the music. This is just my interperetation though.

| Posted on 2008-10-25 | by a guest




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