Tuesday, January 24

The Weary Blues - Langston Hughes (1925)

Wikipedia - "'The Weary Blues' is a poem by American poet Langston Hughes. Written in 1925, 'The Weary Blues' was first published in the Urban League magazine, Opportunity. It was awarded the magazine's prize for best poem of the year. The poem was included in Hughes' first book, a collection of poems, also entitled The Weary Blues. ... 'The Weary Blues' takes place at an old Harlem bar on Lenox Avenue. There is a piano player playing the blues. As he plays, the speaker observes his body movement and the tone of his voice. Throughout the poem, several literary devices are used to guide the reader through the mixture of emotions the blues player is feeling. The vivid imagery and use of language gives the reader a more personal glimpse into the life of the man playing the blues. ..."
On "The Weary Blues" - Steven C. Tracy
Poetry Foundation: When the Weary Blues Met Jazz (Video)
YouTube: Poetry by Langston Hughes - The Weary Blues, Langston Hughes - "The Weary Blues" on CBUT, 1958