Essay heading: Langston Hughes And Bob Dylan

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He is saying that everything that has been normal is about to change. Come gather round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you Is worth savin' Then you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a chagain '...
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(711) A difference in the two poets definitely comes into play when we look at of the speakers in these poems. Hughes' persona is that of a black male looking back on how the black race was treated badly, but he is expressing the beauty in their struggle. Hughes talks about why black Americans should achieve their goals, "On the Cultural Achievements of African Americans" There is so much richness in Negro humor, so much beauty in black dreams, so much dignity in our struggle, and so much universality in our problems, in us-in each living human being of color-that I do not understand the tendency today that some American Negro artists have of seeking to run away from themselves, of running away from us, of being afraid to sing our own songs, paint our own pictures, write about our selves-when it is our music that has given America is greatest music out humor that has enriched its entertainment media for the past 100 years, out rhythm that has guided its dancing feet From plantation days to the Charleston?Yet there are some of us who say, "Why write about Negroes? Why not just a writer?" And why not-if no one wants to be "just a writer?" Negroes in a free world should be whatever each wants to be-even if it means being "just a writer?" (Hughes, 773) On the other hand, Dylan's young white male speaker states that the youth of America is changing socially and warning "adults" to join in or get out of the way...
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