• compare and contrast the imagery, repetition, and rhythm used in both poems to convey theme.

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  • In “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes, imagery is used to convey the isolation and loneliness of the narrator who is an African American student in a mainly white class. The imagery of the "chalked-up bird" is particularly powerful in conveying this idea. The repetition of words such as "I" emphasizes his lack of belonging in the class. The poem also has a slow rhythm which reflects the narrator's struggle with his feelings of alienation. In “the Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes, repetition of phrases such as "dronin' a drowsy syncopated tune" creates a rhythmic atmosphere that evokes a sense of longing and sadness. The imagery of the "blues man singing with his eyes closed" further emphasizes the theme of sorrow and despair. The repetition and rhythm of the poem help to create a mournful and despondent tone, presenting the theme of weariness and struggle.

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      Zander Ali

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