Essay on Analysis Of Langston Hughes ' Poem ' Harlem '

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At just 51 words in length, Langston Hughes ' poem "Harlem" can be easily overlooked. But there is an underlying aggression to the words of this poem, a frustrated level of turmoil hidden in the words that demands attention and refuses to be ignored. The graphic imagery of a decaying dream is the point of this poem and yet the title is Harlem. Langston was born in Joplin, Missouri, lived in Ohio, in Illinois and even in Mexico for a short time; he pursued higher education going to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania but he chose to write about Harlem, he was often found in Harlem clubs and his poetry heading the Harlem Renaissance, he wrote this grievance letter directed to a place close to his heart. But where did this frustration stem from? What was in Harlem that he felt so strongly for? Why the lamenting poetry after such success throughout his career as a writer early on? History holds a handful of beautiful brilliance in humans in which abhorrent suffering gives birth to an artistry of refuge, a stronghold of freedom that is found through necessity at its most dire hour within the heart. This is what poetry and innovation through wording meant to Langston Hughes, this is the freedom of expression he pursued and perfected. In the 1920s, Langston was beginning to establish himself as a young Black American writer, certainly an important figure for the Harlem Renaissance (or the New Negro Movement as it was called at the time), an artistic movement accentuating…

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