Langston Hughes-American Poet

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Langston Hughes is a well-known African American Poet. Hughes had many literary talents he wrote short stories, novel, screenplays, plays, autobiographer, and children’s books. Hughes also had a very powerful voice which encourages many people to follow him. Langston devoted a lot of his literatures to the economics, politicians, and social issues that were going in the world. He was also a very important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes grew up in a time period during racial segregation. He also got to experience integration. Hughes did not only struggle in society, but he also had family struggles. Langston was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. He died at the age of sixty-five. He was born to the parents of James …show more content…
His writing career started and ended doing a time of great changes in the world. His writing reflected the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, the McCarthy era, and the Civil Rights movement (Harper 25). Hughes uses his poem “Harlem” to ask his readers a question, “What happens to a dream deferred?” (Hughes, “Harlem” 1019), this poem is used to tell people never stop trying. Hughes applies his personal struggles along with the racial struggles that the blacks were facing in the United States and the economies struggles in the United States after the Great Depression. He is telling his readers not to give up because change will come. Hughes says, “Or does it explode?” (Hughes, “Harlem” 1019), this means if a person don’t try than it could lead to more adversity. Hughes’ poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” is a poem in which Hughes tries to explain the feeling of the African-Americans in the United States. He says, “I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins” (“The Negro” 1020), he is talking about Africa being the oldest place of civilization. He says in Line 3, “My soul has grown deep like the rivers” (“The Negro” 1020) is a way of expressing his views of Africa through his travels and his family history. Line 7 says, “I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset” (“The Negro”1020) this line help to explain the singing that the African did as they worked on the planation, and the songs they sang of rejoicement when Abraham Lincoln freed the

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