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Langston Hughes electrifies readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of black men and women the poor and the lovesick Helping the African-American male gain praise in the poetic and musical world Hughes conveyed an experience that turned poetic lines into the phrases of lyrical blues Leading the new century with greatness it can clearly be said that Langston Hughes was one of the great connoisseurs of American verse To first understand Langston Hughes blues you must first know what blues is and what the common meter is for blues Blues is basically a line pertaining to a time or event followed by another line that has something to do with the first line A repetition of the first two lines is then done to create emphasis A last line or two that has a rhyme scheme that is similar to the first four lines within the stanza The meter usually contained within blues lyrics is iambic trochee Iambic trochee is marked by an unstressed point followed by a stressed point proceeded by two unstressed points and ensuing that would be another stressed point In the poem Hard Daddy it is clearly seen how Hughes used iambic trochee to perform his blues I went to ma daddy Says Daddy I have got the blues If noticed in the first two lines of Hard Daddy the word went is a stress point while I is the unstressed point To ma are two other unstressed points while Daddy is a stressed point The first stanza is a common iambic trochee After knowing what blues is and how it is to be read the poems by Hughes can be broken down In poem one Hard Daddy it is quite literal The tone is sad the speaker is upset about her man The speakers father is not the loving kind He turns his shoulder on the
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