Advice from Langston Hughes

For me, birthdays and New Year's Day are the days on which to pay heed to utterly common and unoriginal pieces of advice. This time: Read more poetry. Why? Last night, I discovered this gem by Langston Hughes and realized how the poem provides an answer in an oblique way:


Folks, I'm telling you,
Birthing is hard
And Dying is mean
So get yourself
Some loving in between.

- Langston Hughes


Anonymous said...

in an oblique way?
what exactly is that a reference to?

Hirak said...

Anon: That wasn't the oblique direction that I alluded to. I meant the poem and how it is structured answers the question: Why pay heed to the most banal advice?
But you are free to interpret it the way you want. :)

ElizaG said...

hehe love your advice-
Anyways! Im trying to get around to as many Indian bloggers as I can, asking for their help so I'll stop there- I'm an Australian Indian doing a major work where I need heaps of surveys filled out, which is really hard for me considering I don't know many Indians living in India. So it would be really awesome if you had the time to visit my online survey and fill it out. Heres the site--

Thanks heaps!

Ashutosh said...

The Oxford Book of American Poetry is something you would like.
And isn't it The Botany of Desire? I think I had browsed it sometime.

Hirak said...

E: Will check out the site!
A: Thanks!

Shirley Liu said...

In general, poetic language is formal. But Advice is written in colloquial English. Do you think the language style is appropriately used here? Why?