Jean Wagner: On "The Cat and the Saxophone"

Interesting, too, is the experimental technique of "The Cat and the Saxophone." Like an orchestra score, the poem consists of two parts, bass and tenor, which the typography enables one to distinguish immediately, and which proceed together. The lines printed in capital letters are, furthermore, the text of a popular song; they constitute the sonorous setting of a cabaret within which there takes place the conversation of two lovers. which is printed in the normal way. On the value of this experiment, Cullen wrote: "This creation is a tour de force of its kind, but is it a poem?"

From Black Poets of the United States From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes. Copyright © 1973 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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Title Jean Wagner: On "The Cat and the Saxophone" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Jean Wagner Criticism Target Langston Hughes
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 13 Sep 2015
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication Black Poets of the United States: From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes
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