Literary Mashup: T.S. Eliot & Langston Hughes

Musical mashups were a bit of a recent phenomenon, due to the beautifully synchronized juxtaposition of different worlds coming together (Alice In Chains & Wynton Marsalis!!!).  Last week, I had the idea of literary mashups and instantly wondered if this had already been done, so I looked it up online.  Apparently, it both has and hasn’t been done.  People have mashed up titles of books and poems, but no one has combined texts.  So, here we go…..


“Rhapsody on a Windy Night” by T.S. Eliot and “As I Grew Older” by Langston Hughes

Twelve o’clock.

It was a long time ago.

Along the reaches of the street

I have almost forgotten my dream

But it was there then,

In front of me,

Held in a lunar synthesis,

Bright like a sun–

Whispering lunar incantations

Dissolve the floors of memory

My dream.

And all its clear relations

Its divisions and precisions,

Every street lamp that I pass

Beats like a fatalistic drum,

And then the wall rose,

And through the spaces of the dark

Rose slowly,

Midnight shakes the memory


As a madman shakes a dead geranium.


One response to “Literary Mashup: T.S. Eliot & Langston Hughes

  1. Pingback: How Are T.S. Elliot and Langston Hughes Similar and Different? | The Magical Mathematician

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