“Suicide’s Note” by Langston Hughes

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Originally posted on Google Earth Poetics:

The calm, 
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss. 

Langston Hughes is an African-American poet best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. During this time period, it was the peak of the African-American cultural expression. By the middle of the 1930s the Harlem Renaissance began to die down mostly because of the cause of the Great Depression. I think this poem has a connection with the Great Depression because of the negativity of this poem and the many deaths that occur during the Great Depression.

“Suicide’s Note” by Langston Hughes consists of three simple lines and only twelve words. When it is read, it is basically in a form of a sentence.  This whole poem is made up of metaphors. Although the title of the poem is “Suicide’s Note” it did not give me the feeling of sadness and depression of what the tone of…

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The Wonderful World of Witches: Portraits of English Pagans

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Fifty years ago, in the fall of 1964, LIFE magazine published what must have felt to the venerable weekly’s long-time readers like a strikingly weird feature. Titled “Real Witches at Work,” the piece included photographs of modern-day British pagans—doctors, housewives, nurses, teachers—celebrating their ancient rites, dancing around fires and generally behaving like perfectly normal, faithful worshippers of the sun, the moon and Mother Nature have been acting for thousands of years.

Today, of course, when magic, the supernatural and the occult are central elements of some of pop culture’s most familiar (and profitable) franchises, and Wiccans are more likely to be found serving on the local school board or city council than practicing their beliefs in secret for fear of being “found out,” an article on real, live witches would excite little more than a shrug and a meh. In the early 1960s, however—and certainly in much of the United States—the notion of grown men…

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