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The Weary Blues By Langston Hughes,

  • Title: The Weary Blues
  • Author: Langston Hughes
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A beautiful new edition of this beloved poet s first collection, originally published in 1926 when he was just twenty four From the opening Proem prologue poem he offers in this first book I am a Negro Black as night is black, Black the depths of my Africa Hughes spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans, at a time whenA beautiful new edition of this beloved poet s first collection, originally published in 1926 when he was just twenty four From the opening Proem prologue poem he offers in this first book I am a Negro Black as night is black, Black the depths of my Africa Hughes spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans, at a time when their voices were newly being heard in our literature As his Knopf editor Carl Van Vechten wrote in a brief introduction to the original 1926 volume, illuminating the potential of this promising young voice, His cabaret songs throb with the true jazz rhythm his sea pieces ache with a calm, melancholy lyricism he cries bitterly from the heart of his raceAlways, however, his stanzas are subjective, personal and, he concludes, they are the expression of an essentially sensitive and subtly illusive nature That illusive nature darts among these early lines and begins to reveal itself, sometimes with shocking confidence and clarity Bring me all of your Heart melodies That I may wrap them In a blue cloud cloth Away from the too rough fingers Of the world.
    The Weary Blues A beautiful new edition of this beloved poet s first collection originally published in when he was just twenty four From the opening Proem prologue poem he offers in this first book I am a Negr

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    1. Cheryl A Wall s recent book The Harlem Renaissance A Very Short Introduction 2016 inspired me to revisit the poetry of Langston Hughes I had read collections of Hughes poems some time ago but was largely familiar with him through his under appreciated autobiographical novel, Not Without Laughter As luck would have it I found this new edition of Hughes The Weary Blues in the public library The volume is even shorter that Wall s book that I read in the Very Short Introductions series The Weary Blu [...]

    2. The Weary Blues is among the first works of Langston Hughes and is a benchmark in history of African American poetic history The poem was awarded as the best poem of the year by Opportunity magazine where it was first published in 1925 It innovate the use of American blues in English poems, which serves as a landmark for various black musical artists like, Sterling Brown, Yusef Komunyakaa, Michael S Harper, Robert Hayden and other to follow the same trait Blue music, which is considered a pure N [...]

    3. One of the great literary debuts of the 20th Century, The Weary Blues was first published in 1926 In honor of the book s 90th anniversary, Knopf re published the collection with its original cover art and introduction, plus a new introduction by poet Kevin Young Hughes s voice was original like Whitman s, though rooted, as was Whitman s, in the language and culture of America, most specifically for Hughes of black America Like the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, its significance has become incr [...]

    4. Great collection of poems by Langston Hughes A few of my favorites are Ardella, Poem To F.S and Epilogue Read it and discover your favorites.

    5. Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon, I heard a Negro play.Down on Lenox Avenue the other nightBy 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 keyHe made that poor piano moan with melody O Blues Swaying to and fro on his rickety stoolHe 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 [...]

    6. Sharp and poignant, one of the best poetry books I ve ever read in my life This is Langston at his best, maybe not always at his most vulnerable, but definitely at his sharpest There s a focus or maybe a maturity I bid earlier writings that is arguably missing or just decreased in his later work For me, this collection of poetry encapsulates the very best of him.

    7. Not much is any better than Langston Hughes, poetry, and jazz.Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor He played a few chords then he sang some 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 de [...]

    8. Following on from my review of Crane s White Buildings which begins with some general reflections on the reading of poetry I am trying to pay attention to modern poets I especially appreciate books like this one reprints of important collections as they appeared in the poet s lifetime I would prefer to read such books than either intimidatingly massive collected poems or worryingly partial selected poems It seems strange to me to ignore the importance of the collection, the slim volume, its sli [...]

    9. I was first introduced to Langston Hughes in my third grade reader Just one poem The first grown up poem that ever spoke to my little, naive 8 year old self He wrote it in his early twenties and it is in this beautifully musical book He is still one of my favorite poets and my favorite writer of all types from Missouri I wanted to quote one of the best parts of this collection but there is than one best I need to buy a copy of this book.

    10. Read this for class and really enjoyed it The poems were deeply musical and exquisitely sad Personally though, I had a little bit of trouble connecting with them Not because they were poorly written or boring, but because thematically I could not relate most of the author s experiences to my life Still, it was a beautiful read.

    11. I was a red man one time,but the white men came.I was a black man, too,But the white men came.They drove me out of the forest.They took me away from the jungles.I lost my trees.I lost my silver moons.Now they ve caged meIn the circus of civilization.Now I herd with the many Caged in the circus of civilization.

    12. Read a book published between 1900 to 1950 Read for the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge 2017 This a powerful collection of poetry from Langston Hughes Famous poems like I Too Am America are included.

    13. There is a special feeling from reading poetry in a foreign language Poetry uses very specific vocabulary and plays with sororities that are foreign to the reader.But, I was taken by the beauty of some of the poems in this book Troubled Woman really moved me, Sea Calm is beautiful, Pierrot is touching Langston Hughes brings you in his world through his poetry and you learn as much in his verses as you would in a documentary about his era.

    14. Langston Hughes was only twenty four when this collection of poetry was published This is astounding to me, that, as such a young man, he wrote poems of such grace, depth, and, perhaps most striking originality Like Whitman before him, he seems to be recreating poetry on the page, imbuing his words with soulfulness He balances a playful and accessible vernacular with something much darker He truth tells in a voice that is aching, honest, joyful The assertion Hughes is making though this poetry h [...]

    15. I selected this to read as part of a reading challenge for 2015 of the challenges was to read a book of poetry I don t know much about poetry, and because there wasn t much diversity among the authors for the challenge, I decided to read Langston Hughes I m glad I did Like I said, I don t know much about poetry, but so many of the words in these poems moved me And it s striking and sad how many of the same words published in 1926 could still be written by a young Black man in today s day and age [...]

    16. Read for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, Task 1 a book written by someone when they were under the age of 25My final Read Harder task This was a last minute swap for Zadie Smith s White Teeth, which I couldn t track down a copy of I ve read a number of the poems in this collection, but not the collection itself, and I was surprised by how many of my favorites ended up being pieces I ve never seen anthologized or written about elsewhere I got halfway done with a Ph.D in African American lite [...]

    17. Even considering that Langston Hughes had travelled widely, experienced much, and engaged with people of different cultures, lands, and outlooks by the time he was 24 when this, his inaugural poetry collection, was published, the maturity and confidence of the work is strikingly impressive Sights, sounds, and feelings, passion combine to make The Weary Blues as powerful today as it was 90 years ago.

    18. Probably enough has already been said about how brilliant and touching these poems are, so I ll just mention that I m pretty surprised that the ones I dogeared were pretty sad ones in a work that has a generally even mix of uplifting and mournful works After Many Springs , Poem To F.S , and Afraid I did also mark Dream Variation as a wish I d like for this summer, so there s that.

    19. This is so much better than i expectedopened my eyes on black poetry , and the feels of a black man during the very racist Americamade me understand what is it like to be a dreamy black man in a racist white society , this is or dreamers , just wowfull of dreams , and wishes and magic , i love poetry now , definitely i ll read of Langston s poetry

    20. Wow I have read various poems by Hughes, I even teach some, and yet reading them as a collection was a truly moving experience His way with words and language is beautiful, devastating, and overwhelming I was hungry for with every page His commentary on race, love, beauty, and humanity is remarkable A must read Ten stars.

    21. Great book of poetry Langston Hughes s first book has been spellbinding Enjoyed it immensely and found it as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1926 Went on to buy the Collective Poems of Langston Hughes as a result Enjoying it too

    22. Hard to believe Hughes was 24 when these poems were published From the simple but tragic Suicide s Note to the musical title poem and the resonant The Negro Speaks of Rivers A great reissue worth a second look.

    23. A lovely collection of poems celebrating music, nature, and the experience of the African American I am amazed that the poems were published when Hughes was 24 years old.

    24. I don t know anything about poetry but I found this book to be really accessible, insightful, and enjoyable.

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