Symbolism In Langston Hughes's Poetry Of Harlem

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Recognized as an acclaimed genius, Langston Hughes was famously known for his poems of African American culture and racism. His work is famously known in African American Literature and his work sparked and had a huge impact in the Harlem Renaissance. Opening the eyes of young and older African Americans to be proud of their culture to be true to themselves sadly he wasn’t appreciated at the time and his work was considered radical something not even close too at modern times for simply promoting rights. Many of his stories focus on hope and others seemed not so much positive on the African American rights, like “I Too Sing America”, ”Let America Be America Again”, and “Dream Deferred” fortunately for him he was lucky to see the civil
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It’s one of his best known works. What’s known of its origins is that it originated “In 1924, at the age of twenty-two Langston Hughes found himself broke in the Italian city of Genoa, he composed one of the most famous poetic statements in twentieth-century American literature, "I, Too Sing America" (Ed ). In this poem Hughes expresses a lot of symbolism he express how he too sings America, but does he literally mean singing, no he’s referring to how he also shares the American culture and identifies with it too. He refers to how he’s the darker brother implying towards the African American population, but they send him to the kitchen to eat when company comes conveying the impression of segregation of whites and blacks which at that time the Jim Crow Laws were implied. Even with being neglected, he would just laugh it off and shall overcome it and become stronger as can be seen how much the African American population has endured so much injustice. Tomorrow he shall eat at the table and no one would dare and tell him anything and besides, they will acknowledge how beautiful he is and regret how terrible they treated him. Overall that one day the white American will acknowledge the black American and treat him equally and respect him for who he is and not by his skin. It’s also true that they will regret because slavery and segregation is a stain in American history and it’s a topic that no one wants to look back …show more content…
“Dream Deferred are Hughes’s verse sketches of Harlem after World War II. Despite the economic boom of the postwar years, Harlem was still grappling with grinding poverty and its attendant social ills and was perennially frustrated at the lack of improvement”(Niemi). He just loses hope the dream that he held for a long period of time was now officially dying. He asks the reader what happens to a dream deferred does it dry up as a raisin in the sun, stink like rotten meat, fester or just simply fades away. The reader can tell that our writer is losing hope with change he’s afraid now it’s a lost cause, but in the end he grabs our attention by asking us “or does it explode” implying that the dream might have been seen as dying off but more or less it’s been gathering steam and pressure and ready to burst. Showing the reader that there’s still

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