The Effects Of Langston Hughes And Many Of His Poems On The Harlem Renaissance

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This essay discusses the effect of Langston Hughes and many of his poems on the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a period surrounded by culture and art that brought out the greatness in the black community such as artists, scholars, musicians, writers, photographers, and poets. (African American Art) It first branched off the Negro Movement. Overall, this period had many contributors, one being the very famous poet/writer Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was not only an American poet but he was also a novelist. Many know him as the leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He helped many people in the black community stand up for themselves when he started publishing his poems. It actually gave them faith that they might soon be able to live the American dream in the homeland of the free. Even though many criticized his work because he was basically exposing the African American community of all their flaws, which in his eyes he was actually just providing the world with raw information about the culture. This led to many critics ignoring him and comparing his work. (The Library of Congress) Langston Hughes wrote about the African American culture in a respectful manner, he embraced the culture while also condemning racism, injustice, and inequality. He became a primary contributor in the Harlem Renaissance and had many themes that surrounded his work such as music and The American Dream, and it showed that he affected the Harlem Renaissance with his works.
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