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Weary Blues



The poem “Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes, written in 1923, is about the blues, but is also about the blues musician as a symbol of the black urban experience.  The work blends jazz, blues, and poetry into powerful lyrical poetry.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Langston Hughes
  • Weary Blues



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  •  PS3515 .U274



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold. Bloom’s How to Write About Langston Hughes. 2010.

                   Call Number:  PS3515 .U274 Z667 2010.

  • Bloom, Harold.   Langston Hughes: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide. 1999.

                  Call Number:  PS3515 .U274 Z6716 1999.

  • Burns, Allan.   Thematic Guide to American Poetry. 2002.

                  Call Number:  PS303 .B8 2002

  • Hughes, Langston, ed.  The Poetry of the Negro, 1746-1970. 1970.

                   Call Number:  PN6109 .H8 1970.

  • Norton Anthology of African American Literature. 1997.

                    Call Number:  PS508 .N3 N67 1999.



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 1, pg. 147

o   Vol. 10, pg. 279

o   Vol. 15, pg. 292

o   Vol. 35, pgs. 212, 214

o   Vol. 44, pgs. 507-09, 511

o   Vol. 108, pgs. 282, 290, 293-94, 296, 310, 312, 319, 323

  • Masterplots II:  Poetry SeriesCall Number:  REF PN1110.5 .M37 2002

o   Vol. 8, pgs. 4208-4211     

  • Poetry CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1010 .P6

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 236-37, 261, 262-65, 268-69

o   Vol. 53, pgs. 80-82, 85-86, 94, 105-6, 108, 114, 117, 143, 181-82, 189, 200-203, 205



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