Example research essay topic: Analysis Of “harlem” By American Poet Langston Hughes – 327 words

Langston Hughes poem Harlem is a series of similes
describing what happens to a dream that is put
off. The first simile in line three, dry up like a
raisin in the sun, is suggesting that the dream is
merely forgotten over time. The second simile (in
line four), fester like a sore, is suggesting that
it eats at you, constantly aggravating you because
it has not been obtained. The third (in line six),
stink like rotten meat, is a suggestion that the
dream is making you mad because it has not been
reached. The simile in line eight, sugar over like
a syrupy sweet, suggests that the dream is on the
horizon and is so close that it you can taste it.
The last simile (in line 10), sags like a heavy
load, is asking if it is a burden on the dreamer.
Hughes switches from similes to a metaphor in the
last line. This metaphor does it explode, to me,
suggests that the dream has finally been reached,
I think that Hughes switched to a metaphor in this
line to symbolize the drastic difference from not
successfully reaching your dream to obtaining your
dream, just as a metaphor is a big difference from
a simile.

The citation of the Euphrates, the
Congo, the Nile and the Mississippi rivers in
Langston Hughes poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers
are all referenced to because they were some of
the major means of transporting slaves back in the
old days. Hughes poem is not only about slavery in
the United States; his poem is about slavery all
over the world. To me, his poem tells the story of
how slavery has been known (in some form or
another) since the beginning of civilization and
how Abraham Lincoln (in the United States)
eventually abolished it. I also do not sense any
hostility in the poem; I think it is just the
undeniable facts of history told as Hughes saw
them..

Research essay sample on Analysis Of harlem By American Poet Langston Hughes