The Weary Blues
by Langston Hughes
Analysis: Shout Outs
When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Pop Culture References
- "Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon": Cab Calloway, "Minnie the Moocher"
- "He made that poor piano moan with melody": Jelly Roll Morton, "Jelly Roll Blues"
- "He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool": Louis Armstrong, "Heebie Jeebies"
- "Coming from a black man's soul." John Lee Hooker, "Black Man Blues"
- "In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone": Paul Robeson, "Joe Hill"
- "Ain't got nobody in this world": Robert Johnson, "Love In Vain"
- "He slept like a rock or a man that's dead": Buddy Reed, "Blues for Mud"