In his poem, “Theme for English B” Hughes explains about a paper his Professor tells him to write that comes from within him and it will be a true and honest paper, but Hughes argues that his paper might not be same due to a race difference. To my understanding in Hughes argument no matter how “true” his paper will be it cannot be the same because he is a colored man while his Instructor is a white man. In line six Hughes already begins to question If writing a paper about himself Is really that simple.
He states that he Is twenty two colored and born In Winston-Salem, he also explains were he went to school, and how he Is the only colored student In his school. Here I feel that Hughes Is singling himself out not because he chooses to, but mainly because during his time it was not “right” for whites and blacks to go to school with one another, so here I saw how Hughes feels that this paper can never be true, because people during this time period were fighting against what was true that blacks and whites were now able to coexist with one another.
Expressive Means Used in the Poem
Hughes also does an amazing comparison just between himself and his Instructor in lines twenty-eight and beyond. But it will be a part of you, instructor. You are white-yet a part of me, as I am part of you. That’s American”. These were strong words for a man of his time and era to write and produce. Not only Is he saying that all men of different races are the same, but they are still different In general. Different In not Just the way they look, but also different when It comes to values, and culture.
Even though both of these men are of American decent and culture they still have other identities in which they relate to themselves. In Hughes case he was a man of “mixed” races but saw himself mainly as a black man cause that’s what other people naturally portrayed him as. Hughes also states in the poem that he may learn from his white Instructor and they might be apart of each other they sometimes do not want to be. As humans, they both learn from one another and that is what is really true. In the poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas, he writes about this eerie connection to death and that good night.
Also, during the time of this poems existence Thomas father was close to his death when this poem was written, there were many comparisons that I noted relating to that time on his life In this mom. In lines one threw three Thomas writes, “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light”. I translated these words into a plea to death about his father actually dying. He reels Tanat It Is not Nils Tanners time Ana Tanat 010 age snouts not De Nils reason to go.
Thomas is angry about his fathers state in time, his father must have meant so much to him and labeled him as his light. “Though wise men at their and know dark is right ” his father was old and filled with so much wisdom but knew that death came at a eight time for him minus what his son felt. “Do not go gentle into that good night” here it seemed that Thomas was not ready to let go of his father Just yet, these few words come across as a demand towards him asking him to please not go. “Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light”.
Here I feel that Thomas truly felt that his father was a good man and this was going to be the last wave goodbye to one another, their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay comes across to me as a memory of some sort they both shared with one ACH other. Thomas has so much anger and rage towards the death of his father. “Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, and learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night”, his sun/light is finally beginning to take off and Thomas has nothing but grief that is father is making his way into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light” this paragraph confused me at first, and I did not know how to interpret it. It comes cross that Thomas was metaphorically saying that the light was being drained out of his father’s eyes leaving him with this blind look upon his face. Thomas continues to be upset towards death for taking his father away from him and not allowing him to stay longer.
Finally in the last paragraph Thomas writes, “And you, my father, there on the sad height, curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Here once again Thomas does not agree with the leaving of his father to death. He mentions that courage his father ad towards the very end using the metaphor, “your fierce tears” even thought his father might have possibly appeared afraid he was still brave towards the very end as he lied on his deathbed the sad height.
As all of this is happening Thomas never lets us forget towards the end of each paragraph that he is not ready for his father to pass and that he has much anger and rage towards death for taking him away. Despite all of the negativity Thomas never let the memory of his father leave his mind, this must have been such a hard and challenging time for Thomas to loose such an important figure in his life so much hat it affected his poetry.
This poem seemed to have such a powerful impact on himself as a writer but as a son as well. He fought against death as much as he could be accepted the fate his father was going to face, each line carried deep and personal meaning to it, Each poem in the end carried and harbored its own message that I hope I clearly understood, race should never be an issue, we are all equals but have differences. Death no matter when it comes can never steal the feelings we all have towards loved ones including what we write and remember.