Literary Analysis of Langston Hughes Selected Poems

What does Langston mean about “Montage of a dream deferred?” A montage is various sources of imagery pictured in our external image Langston%20Hughes.jpgminds and in objects also. It is different scenes throughout many issues.
From his first poem “Dream Boogie”, Langston describes about a little boy being cheerful to his dad. The description seems rather confusing because the boy is cheerful about a dream being deferred. When the boy said “Listen to it closely/ Ain’t you head something underneath like a-“ The dad responds, “You think it’s a happy beat?” Through my opinion, the dad is confuse about why would his son be happy about a situation like this? When you dream is being deferred, it is considered to be a bad thing. Thus, the poem goes on with a happy beat like a dance to get boogie down.
In his second poem “Parade”, the imagery that has been described here is about thousands upon thousands of colored people marching in the streets on foot; “Marching…marching…marching…noon till night.” With Langston’s imagery of so many colored people might have surprised him. White police officers in motorcycle were stopping by. Yet, I had the feeling it was marching for there rights to be free like the whites, but the white cops standing in their way is preventing them from getting what they want. From this poem, I had learned that in Harlem, colored people struggle of discrimination and many things.

“Children Rhymes” as his third poem explains about his past being a child not necessarily meaning “child” as our external image Gorelick_Jazz.jpgvernaculars of today. When he was a child, he would always play around and sing with other children’s. Children’s would often play ball outside and by accident would hit someone else’s window. This detail gives us an imagery that Harlem is crowded and people who would like to enjoy themselves. “There are two thousand children in this block, I do believe.” This obviously also gives us the clue of a block party going on in Harlem.

The third poem “Sister” describes about Langston’s sibling named Marie. Marie was a young girl who was not yet married external image harlem.jpgbut is busy flirting with a married man. “Why don’t she get a boy-friend/ I don’t understand-some decent man?” This was Langston;s opinion toward his sister. From the end of the poem, “Did it ever occur to you/ boy, that a woman does the best she can? / -Comment on the stoop / So does a man” Two people are having a conversation, suddenly a man appears on the stoop as meaning “comment on the stoop”, he answers out, “so does a man”. From this point and onward, Harlem sounds like a place where people gossip and jokes etc…
Last poem talks about the point of view about the man from the last poem “Sister”. He explains about how he likes woman young and old but prefers the old over the young’s. That’s why the title is named “Preference” meaning choice. He prefers something about his own interest. Continuing on, he believes that younger woman are a bit immature because they can be spoiled; written from the book, “Daddy, I want so-and-so. I need this, that, and the other.” He prefers older woman who would pamper him and serve him well. That’s the reason why he chose older woman over the younger’s.
In conclusion, Langston gives us a montage about what life is like in Harlem. From gossips and jokes through parties filled with entertainment. The equal rights that colored people suffered through;segregation between the whites. This is what we so far have discovered from Langston.