The Weary Blues
by Langston Hughes
You have to know simile for the SATs. Don't confuse simile with a toothy grin or an analogy. Analogy is that A is to B like C is to D business. Simile is similar, but it's more simple, so smile. A simile is A is like B.
- Line 13: The musician can play the piano like a fool. "Fool" is a good thing in this context.
- Line 35: This line is a two for one deal. The man's sleeping like a rock; meaning he's sleeping so deeply he isn't moving. This is before the whole "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," "Like a Rolling Stone," and The Rolling Stones era. The man also is resting like a dead man – kind of freaky, but it gets the point across.
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