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Vintage Hughes - The Weary Blues Summary & Analysis

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The Weary Blues Summary

This poem describes a Harlem pianist playing the blues. It is night and his sad song goes on and on. Eventually the pianist leaves and goes to bed, but the blues continue to play in his head.

The Weary Blues Analysis

The Weary Blues is among Hughes' most celebrated poems. It is famous for its incorporation of syncopated jazz rhythms. Though the poem is written in verses that are still clearly indebted to conventional poetic forms, there are moments that break with these forms and give voice to the pianist's own moaning words. The grammar and rhythms of his speech are authentic and the character of these sections really gives life to an otherwise bland sing-song poem. Hughes wrote of this poem that he had a particularly hard time finishing it, and it was for this reason that he waited many years after...

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