S: A Raisin in the Sun
BC: Works Cited "April Rain Song by Langston Hughes." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of Poems and Poets.. Poetry Search Engine. Web. 23 May 2011.
FC: "A Raisin in the Sun" Biographies: Lorraine Hansberry Langston Hughes Poems: April Rain Song Mother to Son | By: Nicolle Estep Maggie Jo Hess Jessica Santigo Kelsey Tate
1: Lorraine Hansberry | Langston Hughes
2: Lorraine Hansberry - Lorraine was born May 19, 1930 in Chicago - She studied art at University of Wisconsin and Mexico -After seeing a school performance of " Juno and the Paycock" in 1944 she want to become a writer. - In 1950 she dropped out of college and moved to New York
3: Lorraine Hansberry - She took writting classes at New School for Social Reasearch - Worked at Paul Robeson's "Freedom" a black magazine - During this period she met Langston Hughes - Hughes influenced her greatly.
4: Lorraine Hansberry - In 1953 she married Robert B. Nemiroff. - After marrying she became a waiter and a cashier. When she could she would try to write. - Nemiroff had a hit song. After he had a hit song she quit her job and focused on writing.
5: Lorraine Hansberry -" A Raisin in the Sun" opened on March 11, 1959 at Ethel Barrymore Theater. - 1st drama by a black women to be produced on Broadway. - The film version of " A Raisin in the Sun" came out in in 1961.
6: Lorraine Hansberry - Lorraine divorced in 164 - She completed "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" her 2nd play in 1964 - She died at age 34 - She died of cancer on January 12, 1965
7: Lorraine Hansberry - "To be Young, Gifted, and Black" was adapted from her writings, and was produced Off-Broadway in 1969 -She made her 1st draft of "Les Blancs" in 1960 - She didn't finish the her exhusband did - On November 15, 1970 " Les Blancs" was showed at Longacre Theatre, New York City.
9: Langston Hughes - Born on Feburuary 1, 1902 in Joplin Missouri - He lived with his grandmother -His grandmother died while Hughes was in 8th grade - After she died he wrote his first poem and became the class poet. - He began writing in High School.
10: Langston Hughes -He lived in Lincoln, Illinois for a year than moved to Cleveland Ohio. -His step-father and mother moved to Chicago, but Hughes stayed to finish high school in Cleveland -He wrote poems for his high school magazine.
11: Langston Hughes -His father came back into his life at the end of junior year. -Hughes went to Mexico for the summer where his father lived. -Being in Mexico with his father made Hughes become muture. -Back in Cleveland he started to right for the his school magazine "he began writing poetry for distinction."
12: Langston Hughes -His father convinced Hughes to come to Mexico by paying 1 year of college. -On the train ride to Mexico he wrote 'Negro Speaks of Rivers.' -His father wanted him to be an engineer,but Hughes wanted to write poems. -Hughes sent some of his poems to 'Brownies Book' and 'Crisis' magazine and they accpeted them. -His father was impressed so he paid for one year at Columbia University in NYC in 1921.
13: Langston Hughes -He wrote his volume of poetry called "The Big Sea" -It was autobiography and it influnced the Harlem Renaissance greatly. -He won 1st place in the "Opportunity" magazine. -He wrote his 2nd volume of poetry in 1927 and it was called "Fine Clothes to the Jew."
14: Langston Hughes -In 1926 he went back to at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. -Charlotte Osgood Mason encouraged Hughes to write his 1st novel "Not Without Laughter" -In the 1930s he focused on writing plays. -In 1942 he wrote a column in the newspaper "Chicago Defender." -In 1947 "Street Scene" a Broadway musical which gave Hughes enough money to buy his house.
15: Langston Hughes -In 1951 he wrote one of his best volumes of poetry, "Montage of a Dream Deferred." -For 16 years Hughes "wrote more than 20 additional works." - He died on May 22, 1967. - He died after having had an abdominal surgery.
16: Poems: April Rain Song and Mother to Son
17: April Rain Song Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby the rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And i love the rain
18: TPCASTT -Title: The rain in the month of April -Paraphrase: This poem explains ones love for rain. it shows the characteristics of rain that make it so great. -Connotations: -Imagery: "The rain makes running pools in the gutter." (line 5) -Imagery: "The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk." (line 4) -Personification: "let the rain sing you a lullaby." (line 3)
19: TPCASTT Attitude: Loving Shifts: The subject changes from line 3 to line 4 and the mood changes from line 6 to line 7. -Line 3 to line 4: Changes from what the rain can do for you to what the rain does. -Line 6 to line 7: Changes from what the rain does to how much he loves the rain. Title: The title is of the poem is describing how the rain is musical. Theme: The poem is about how special and wonderful the rain can be.
20: Mother to Son Well,son,I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor-- Bare But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's
21: Mother to Son (Cont.) And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now-- For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair
22: TPCASTT -Title: I think of a letter written from a mother to a son. -Paraphrase: A mother is advising her son about how hard life can be. She starts out by explaining how hard life has been for her them she gives her son advice on life. -Connotations: -Imagery: "And places with no carpet on the floor" -Metaphor: "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair." (line 2) -Imagery: "And boards torn up," (line 5)
23: TPCASTT -Attitude: Advice -Shifts: The tone changes from line 13 to line 14. It changes from the mother talking about how hard her life has been to giving advice to her son. -Title: The title shows how important mother can be to a son. -Theme: Life is not easy. You are going to have a rough time through life, but you have to keep going no matter how rough life gets.