Langston Hughes and His Poetry Essay

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Langston Hughes and His Poetry

Over thirty years after his death, Langston Hughes still remains one of the most influential writers of our time. His life, so full of passion due to the events he experienced from his childhood to young adulthood, is reflected in all of his written works. Heartaches and joys taught this man to understand all emotions and skill allowed him to place his thoughts on paper for the world to see, hear, and feel. A history of what Langston Hughes has lived through lies within each piece he has written.

Early in his life, Hughes was subjected to the pain of losing a parent. Though not through death, the loss of his father due to his parents' separation caused him great pain. With
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But perhaps what he is most known for is his poetry. Along with his writings he became a speaker, touring all over the United States while compiling anthologies of African-American folklore and poetry. Into the 1930's Hughes dabbled in radical politics but then slowly moved toward a more peaceful approach whereas politics was concerned. By his death in 1967, fittingly in Harlem, Hughes had become an icon and inspiration to an entire group of people.

Aside from Langston Hughes's inner struggles with what was going on in his life, he had to suffer a great amount of racial injustice and persecution. Growing up in the early 1900's, Hughes had to overcome innumerable accounts of racial prejudice. It may not have been until the Harlem Renaissance that Hughes was able to truly express his innermost anguish over all that had surrounded him concerning the color of his skin. Hughes reveals about his writings in "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" that "Most of my [Hughes] own poems are racial in theme and treatment, derived from the life I know" (766).

"The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" is a piece written by Langston Hughes commenting on African-American artists. Hughes tells us the questions he receives from his African-American audience questioning the motives and meanings behind his works. Hughes backs each of his writings by saying that he simply writes what he knows from what he's been

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