The Poet Laureate Of Black America Essay

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“The Poet Laureate of Black America” (Waldron), he once was a lonely outsider and became an American poet icon. That is James Mercer Langston Hughes pioneers of the literary art form called jazz poetry. Langston Hughes wrote for not just the African-American people, but for everyone who were, sat aside from the American dream. After analyzing a few of Hughes poems, his themes for expressing his personal life and struggles as an African-American people. The continuing 1920’s conflict for equality, social justice and a chance at the American dream. Exploring the life of Langston Hughes from his birth, childhood, inspirations, achievements, and his forms of poetry will reveal the importance of his contributions to the literary world as an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. Consequently, James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri and died from cancer on May 22, 1967. After his parents had divorced, Hughes lived with his Grandmother after his parents divorced until age 13. Then Hughes went to live with his mother and stepfather in Lincoln, Illinois. He lived a year in Mexico where he wrote “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” which published in Crisis Magazine in 1921 then attended Columbia University, in New York. Later, he moved to Washington, DC where he wrote his first book of poetry. Then, Hughes finished his college at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. In 1916, Hughes’s poetry career started early at the…

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