Essay about Langston Hughes, The Face Of African American Poetry

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Langston Hughes, The Face of African American Poetry

Nadir Beyah
English 3A
Corrigan
24 March 201
Langston Hughes, The Face of African American Poetry

Langston Hughes was an African American poet, playwright and social activist. He was born in Joplin, Missouri. He started an innovative form of literary poetry called Jazz poetry and through his poetry he became a spokesperson for the period which became know as the Harlem Renaissance. During the 1920s, Langston Hughes used his poetry as a soundboard to express his beliefs on world equality and his views on politics.
With the end of World War I, the early 1920 prompted a period known as “The Jazz movement”. With the end of the Great Depression, jazz music and dance styles became popular, mainly in the United States as well as in Great Britain and France. Jazz originated in New Orleans as a fusion of African and European music and it played a significant part in many cultural changes as well as imprinting a permanent influence on pop culture. Langston Hughes was influenced by the traditions and sounds of jazz music, during a period in history known as the Roaring Twenties. “He listened to it at nightclubs, collaborated with musicians from Monk to Mingus” (Gross). Many of these sounds are expressed in his poems. For example in, Juke Box Love Song describes the Harlem night lights rhythmically pulsing in time with the music while the neon lights are flashing as the Harlem…

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