Reader-Response Criticism: Langston Hughes’ Dream Boogie Essay
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Instructor M. XXXXXXXXX
May 22, 2011
Literature, no matter what the topic of form it comes in, has the ability to raise issues, spark thought/imagination, and/or draw out emotions that have been buried deep within us as people. It is expected, from the authors, that readers will form opinions and criticisms for their works. Be it that the readers’ emotions parallel those of the writer or differ; some thoughts and opinions are expected. While reading through the text for week one I was drawn in by the many different poems throughout…but there was one poem that captured my attention more than the others. That poem is/was “Dream …show more content…
1. What captured my imagination?
The reading made me imagine swarms of young black men and women discovering a new sound (music; specifically jazz) and a new dance to go along with it. I also imagined these young black people moving from a black and white picture to a world filled with color and lots of movement.
2. Was it a feeling, an emotion, a curiosity, or aspiration? I would have to say that there was a combination of all four. The feeling that this reading gave me was “good vibes”, which led to me being emotionally