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  • Langston Hughes Reader
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    Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. His father was James Nathaniel and his mother was Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes. His grandfather was Charles Langston, an Ohio abolitionist. As a young boy he lived in Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Lawrence, Kansas, Mexico City, Topeka, Kansas, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Kansas City, Kansas. In 1914 his parents divorced and he, his mother, and his stepfather moved to Lincoln, Illinois. In high school bac...
  • Poem Hughes
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    Langston Hughes: Poetry to the People I had been a writer who wrote mostly because, when I felt bad, writing kept me from feeling worse; it out my inner emotions into exterior form, and gave me an outlet for words that never came in conversation. -Langston Hughes During his lifetime as the "poet laureate of Harlem", Langston Hughes also worked as a journalist, dramatist, and children's author his poems, which tell of the joys and miseries of the ordinary black man in America, have been widely tr...
  • Bloom's Major Poets Langston Hughes
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    The Life and Works of Langston Hughes " In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone, I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan - Ain't got nobody all in this world, Ain't got nobody but ma self. I's gwine to quit ma frown in' and put ma troubles on the shelf". The above excerpt is from Langston Hughes prize winning poem, "The Weary Blues". Hughes, considered to be one of the world's outstanding authors of the twentieth century (Ruley 148), is a prolific poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, a...
  • Theme For English B And Let America
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    In today's modern view, poetry has become more than just paragraphs that rhyme at the end of each sentence. If the reader has an open mind and the ability to read in between the lines, they discover more than they have bargained for. Some poems might have stories of suffering or abuse, while others contain happy times and great joy. Regardless of what the poems contains, all poems display an expression. That very moment when the writer begins his mental journey with that pen and paper is where a...
  • Selected Poems Of Langston Hughes
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    LANGSTON HUGHES Bibliography In 1902, Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. He grew up in many different places such as Kansas, Illinois, and Ohio. His birth given name was James Mercer Langston Hughes. Later he dropped the first two names. Mary Patterson Leary Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes, Langston's mother, was a schoolteacher. Langston's father, James Nathaniel Langston Hughes, was never around. Langston mainly lived with his mother. When Langston was very young his parents separated...
  • Hughes 1's Poem
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    Langston Hughes is considered by many readers to be the most significant black poet of the twentieth century. He is described as ^3... the beloved author of poems steeped in the richness of African American culture, poems that exude Hughes^1's affection for black Americans across all divisions of region, class, and gender. ^2 (Rampersad 3) His writing was both depressing and uplifting at times. His poetry, spanning five decades from 1926 to 1967, reflected the changing black experience in Americ...
  • Langston Hughes James Langston Hughes
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    Langston Hughes James Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He was named after his father, but it was later shortened to just Langston Hughes. He was the only child of James and Carrie Hughes. His family was never happy so he was a lonely youth. The reasons for their unhappiness had as much to do with the color of their skin and the society into which they had been born as they did with their opposite personalities. They were victims of white attitudes and discrimina...
  • Influential Factor Of Langston Hughes Poetry
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    Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was an African-American writer of the Harlem Renaissance era. Born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902, Langston Hughes had a rough upbringing because of all the changes that were occurring at the time. A major upset in his life was when his father left to Mexico to continue his studies in law. When Hughes was seven or eight, he lived with his grandmother who told him stories of important historical African American heroes, such as Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and...
  • Unique Poem Structure With The First Line
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    I came to the conclusion that Langston was writing about te struggle to freedom for black. Langston Hughes wrote about racism often in his poems, and this particular poem seems to follow that pattern. Hughes gives the feeling of loneliness and dismay at the fact that he is not considered equal to white people. The poem represents the struggle for freedom and to be considered equal. The speaker conveys a feeling of sadness and loneliness in the tone of their voice, as stated in the opening senten...
  • Of The Poems By Hughes
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    Langston Hughes was born at the turn of the century. Hughes spent a rootless childhood moving from place to place with his mother who was separated from his father. During one year in high school, Hughes spent time with his father in Mexico, a light-skinned man who found an escape from racism in ranching. It was in that very high school that Hughes wrote his first poem after being elected "class poet" by his fellow classmates. His father was James Nathaniel Hughes, a man who studied law but was ...
  • Hughes's View Of Women
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    Hughes and His Women Were Eve's eyes In the first garden Just a bit too bold Was Cleopatra gorgeous In a gown of gold Jazzonia Langston Hughes devoted his art, writing, to the true expression of the lives, hopes, fears, and angers of ordinary black people, without the self-consciousness or sugar coating (Moore). Hughes not only focused on black people's lives in general; he went into detail about their hopes, their fears, their accomplishments, and their failures. Hughes's poetry expressed the p...
  • Of Hughes Poems Being
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    Edward James Hughes is one of the most outstanding living British poets. In 1984 he was awarded the title of the nation's Poet Laureate. He came into prominence in the late fifties and early sixties, having earned a reputation of a prolific, original and skillful poet, which he maintained to the present day. Hughes was born in 1930 in Yorkshire england into a family of a carpenter. After graduating from Grammar School he went to Cambridge to study English, but later changed to Archaeology and An...
  • Hughes Poem
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    Langston Hughes is a key figure in the vision of the American dream. In his writings his African-American perspective gives an accurate vision of what the American dream means to a less fortunate minority. His poetry is very loud and emotional in conveying his idea of the African-American dream. Most of his poetry either states how the black man is being suppressed or is a wish, a plea for equality. He does not want the black man to be better than everyone else, but just to be treated equal. Abl...
  • Langston Hughes And Maya Angelou
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    This past week I attended the play, "Revolution: A Song of Black Freedom" and I was very impressed on how it played out. The words of this play were written by Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. This play displayed a lot of the different poems that were written by Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. I thought it was a very good tribute to the lives of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. It showed how they used their gift of writing to help and encourage African American people back in mid 1900's. Thi...
  • Hughes Writings
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    Langston Hughes is regarded as one of the most significant American authors of the twentieth century. Foremost a poet, he was the first African-American to earn a living solely from his writings after he became established. Over a forty-year career beginning in the 1920's until his death in 1967, Hughes produced poetry, plays, novels, and a variety of nonfiction. He is perhaps best known for his creation of the fictional character, Jesse B. Semple, which first appeared in a Chicago Defender news...
  • Langston Hughes Poems
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    Dino Su basic Mrs. Fortier 18 February, 1999 Langston Hughes "Hughes' efforts to create a poetry that truly evoked the spirit of Black America involved a resolution of conflicts centering around the problem of identity" (Smith 358). No African American poet, writer, and novelist has ever been appreciated by every ethnic society as much as Langston Hughes was. Critics argue that Hughes reached that level of prominence, because all his works reflected on his life's experience, whether they have be...
  • Hughes's Dreams
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    Dream-Thieves Readers would not imagine it, but several things happened in Langston Hughes's 11-line poem "Harlem", which was written in 1951. In "Harlem", the author formally implies the many ways African American dreams can be deferred. In our American culture, 1951 was a year which still involved much segregation, so all the dreams of the Harlem Society could not become reality. Langston asks the readers to find the relationship of dreams that are being postponed and why. To begin with, the v...
  • Narrative Poem
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    Each poems subject is based around a person's ethnicticity. The common theme is racism, prejudice, and stereotyping of individuals who are non-white. These poems were all wrote at a time were segregation and equal rights were becoming a major issue. Even though laws for equality were being established, sadly, discrimination was still being used against those of color. "Recipe" by Janice Mirikitani, is a narrative poem regarding a persons facial features. Miriketani gives directions on how to tem...
  • Hughes Themes Of Racism In His Poems
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    James Mercer Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent writers that emerged during the Harlem Renaissance period. Hughes wrote in many genres, but he receives most recognition for his poetry. Hughes's poems are expressions of hope, aspirations, and pride. But most all combine the need for more equal treatment between the white and black races. Many aspects of including racism, the civil rights movement, and pride in black culture affected the work of Hughes. Racism influenced the themes of H...
  • My Interpretation Of Hughes Poem
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    A Slave's Soul Runs Deep The poem ' The Negro Speaks of Rivers' by Langston Hughes is about a man with a vast knowledge and understanding of rivers. The first two sentences of the poem are similar, as in both Hughes states, ' I've known rivers'. From this the reader gathers that this man has been around rivers and probably lived around rivers. He talks about different experiences he has had on four different rivers. For example he says, ' I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young' and this...

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