M i s s . H e a t h e r. 9 th Grade Poetry. Writing Poetry Using Poems by Langston Hughes. We are going to learn about and read two poems by Langston Hughes. We will discuss how similes are used, and We will discuss what a narrative poem is. We will read two poems by Hughes
Writing Poetry Using Poems by Langston Hughes
We will discuss how similes are used,
We will discuss what a narrative poem is.
We will read two poems by Hughes
By the end of this lesson
you will write your own poems.
One using similes
One being a narrative
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One of Hughes' finest essays appeared in the Nation in
1926, entitled "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain". It spoke
of Black writers and poets, "who would surrender racial pride in the
Name of a false integration," where a talented Black writer would
prefer to be considered a poet, not a Black poet, which to Hughes
meant he subconsciously wanted to write like a white poet. Hughes
argued, "no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself."
He wrote in this essay, "We younger Negro artists now intend to
express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame.
If white people are pleased we are glad. If they aren't, it doesn't matter.
We know we are beautiful. And ugly too... If colored people are pleased
we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn't matter either.
We build our temples for tomorrow, as strong as we know how
and we stand on the top of the mountain, free within ourselves."
Can I have Hughes.
became one of the foremost interpreters of racial relationship
in the United States. Influenced by the Bible, W. E. B.
and Walt Whitman, Hughes depicted realistically
lives of black people. Many of his poems, written
in rhythmical language, have been
set to music. Hughes's poems were meant
'to be read aloud,
shouted and sung'.
What is A Simile? Hughes.
A Simile is the comparison of two unlike things using
like or as.
fresh as a daisy
comfortable as an old shoe
gay as a lark
pretty as a picture.
These are all recognizable similes;
they use the words such as "as" or "like."
Can You Name Some Similes? Hughes.
Raise your hand, and give me some examples…
She is as beautiful as Hughes.
Angry As a Rooster
Mad Like a Bulldog
A Dream Deferred Hughes.
by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Read the poem to yourself again. Hughes.
What does it mean whensomething is deferred?
A Dream Deferred
by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode
How may that may relate
To African Americans?
How may that
relate to anyone who puts their
off until another time?
Please raise your hand to
What Is a Hughes.narrative. ?
A NARRATIVE POEM:
Tells a story. It can be about anything.
Lara the hippo went for a ride.
Al got upset, and
began to yell
And she hit Al from behind.
THEME FOR ENGLISH B
By Langston Hughes
The instructor said,
Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you--- Then, it will be true.
I wonder if it's that simple? I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem. I went to school there, then Durham, then here to this college on the hill above Harlem. I am the only colored student in my class. The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas, Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y, the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator up to my room, sit down, and write this page:
It's not easy to know what is true for you or me at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I'm what I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you: hear you, hear me---we two---you, me, talk on this page. (I hear New York too.) Me---who? Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. I like a pipe for a Christmas present, or records---Bessie, bop, or Bach.
I guess being colored doesn't make me NOT like the same things other folks like who are other races. So will my page be colored that I write? Being me, it will not be white. But it will be a part of you, instructor. You are white--- yet a part of me, as I am a part of you. That's American. Sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me. Nor do I often want to be a part of you. But we are, that's true! As I learn from you,I guess you learn from me--- although you're older---and white--- and somewhat more free.
This is my page for English B.
Does anybody have any Questions? Please raise your hand at this time**
15 At Least!!!
Ask yourself: Hughes.
What may it be like to be in a situation that is different
then what we might be used to experiencing?
Each of us has a story inside
And we can tell that through the use of a narrative poem.
I would like you to write two poems.
One poem will be a poem containing similes,
and the other will be a narrative poem.
I will hand out worksheets and rubrics to guide you.
You may now start to work on them in class.
Feel free to ask me with any questions you may have
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