Scenes of City Life and Country Life

Jukebox Love Song

In the poem Juke Box Love Song, poet Langston Hughes uses expressive words, rhyme, and repetitive sounds to convey the feeling and movement of a dancing couple. Does the poem capture in words the feeling of dance that Johnson portrayed in his painting?

Juke Box Love Song
by Langston Hughes

I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue buses,
Taxis, subways,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem's heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day--
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.


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