minstrel man

There have been many poems written by Langston Hughes, but many people believe the “Minstrel Man” is one of the finer ones ever written. The poem is great at attaching the readers mind to read between the lines.  Langston Hughes was alive during the Harlem Renaissance and the great depression.  The poem is about the African Americans that are involved in jazz and singing.  In the first verse of “Minstrel Man” it says “And my throat is deep with song,”(lines 3-4) Langston Hughes is talking about a colored man during the Harlem Renaissance, it says that he is singing but he suffers because during the time people as in whites looked at jazz as being illegal music.

                The title of the poem explains a lot about the moral of the poem.  “Minstrel” was a black man that would adopt a stereotypical person or persons to perform music or plays for white people.  It shows this in the second verse, the adopted man is full with laughter and music, but on the other hand nobody hears his cry, which means he struggles with life outside of what he does in the jazz clubs or the motion pictures.  If you were to just read between the lines of the poem you could figure out a lot about the Harlem Renaissance.  A lot of the words in the poem have tons of meaning to where you can find out a lot of information.

                The poems tone is very low and calm.  There is not a lot of stress or hate in it; it just explains what the man that were adopted by the minstrels wet through when they performed for the whites of the 1920s.  At the very end of the poem it says “you do not know I die” (lines 15-16) the poem is a great poem to read and analyze because of the verses and words it consists of.


Hughes, Langston. “Minstrel Man.” www.Americanpoems.com. Web.28 Jan. 2011

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s