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Sound and Sense in Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Sound and Sense in Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers   The text of the poem can be found at the bottom of this page.          In Langston Hughes' poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," Hughes makes use of some interesting poetic techniques. This poem is written in free verse, and seems, at first glance, to be very unstructured. Hughes repeats words and lines, but does not make use of repeated sounds. Hughes' rivers are very rich in symbolism, and are not just simple bodies of water. Finally, some of his word choices near the end of the poem help to bring the message of the poem across more strongly....   [tags: Negro Speaks Rivers Hughes Langston Essays]
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Symbolism and Allusion in Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Symbolism and Allusion in Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers In Langston Hughes' poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", he examines some of the roles that blacks have played throughout history. Ultimately, the poem asserts that in every one of these aspects the black people have been exploited and made to suffer, mostly at the hands of white people. The poem is written entirely in first person, so there is a very personal tone, even though the speaker symbolizes the entire black race. The examples of each role cited in the poem are very specific, but they allude to greater indignities, relying on the readers' general knowledge of world history....   [tags: Negro Speaks Rivers Langston Hughes Essays]
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The Poem Negro by Langston Hughes - The poem “Negro” was written by Langston Hughes in 1958 where it was a time of African American development and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. Langston Hughes, as a first person narrator tells a story of what he has been through as a Negro, and the life he is proud to have had. He expresses his emotional experiences and makes the reader think about what exactly it was like to live his life during this time. By using specific words, this allows the reader to envision the different situations he has been put through....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 751 words
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The Use of Symbols in Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers - The Use of Symbols in Langston Hughes' "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" The poem ?The Negro Speaks of Rivers. by Langston Hughes contains many symbolic meanings about the identity of African Americans. Throughout the poem Hughes uses metaphorical statements to suggest to the reader what the soul of the African American has been through. The symbols of the old rivers from which the African American ideal has risen can be interpreted in many different ways. They represent the birth and growth of the African American culture, and some of the most significant moments of their past....   [tags: Negro Speaks Rivers Essays Hughes]
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Symbolism in The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes - ... The imagery portrayed in the poem of blood flowing through human veins like a river flows reminds the reader of the human will to survive and endure life as well. Hughes’s use of repetition in the poem is another cue to the audience of this unending exertion by both the river and humans. At the conclusion of the poem, Hughes restates that he has, “known rivers: Ancient, dusky, rivers” (11-12). In this line, the river is old and dusky as if it grows exhausted of following the identical and repetitive ancient route of existence....   [tags: timelessness, slavery, soul] 1062 words
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Analysis of Langston Hughes´ The Negro Speaks of Rivers - ... ‘‘James Hughes hated the white supremacy in the United States but hated even more what perceived to be lazy, backward people he referred to as Negros’’ (Litz 731). Hughes didn’t enjoy spending time with his father but returned the following summer since his father offered to pay for his college. On his way to Mexico, Langston Hughes was on the train, crossing the Mississippi River, Hughes thought about all the rivers that were essential to African American history. During the ride to Mexico, Hughes expressed about the Euphrates, Congo and the Nile River on a back of an envelope....   [tags: Poem, African-American] 911 words
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The Essence of Langston Hughes's The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Black men have soul. Not just the physical soul that everyone possesses, but this culture or essence that they portray. Whether it’s the jazz music that they create, or the food that is made, the soul of black man is unlike any other. It is like a relentless entity that keeps going no matter what it endures, or the hardships it faces. It has also been around since the beginning of society. The Harlem Renaissance was the first movement in the United States that depicted the soul that black men had and still have....   [tags: Harlem Rennaissance, Concept of Soul]
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Challenges in The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain by Langston Hughes - ... He professes that he does not need the sanction of others in order for him to do what he wishes; though he may be disapproved of or abused, he will act for himself and urges others to act for themselves as well. The advice that Langston Hughes appears to give is that all people, not just African Americans, should feel that they are at liberty to be free; if not in mainstream society, then they can be free in themselves and express their true existences through their words. Because he realizes that African Americans will not be wholly accepted if they manifest themselves as more free-spirited and individualistic, Langston Hughes urges black people to live their lives fully distant from th...   [tags: social, humans, writer, achievements] 2013 words
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Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks and I Too - Throughout Langston Hughes poems, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” and “I, Too,” he discuss issues of equality and racism. When Hughes wrote these poems, African Americans were not accepted by White Americans. Blacks were discriminated against and killed violently; they had to sit in the back of the buses, and were denied the right to vote, just to name a few issues. With this kind of separation so prevalent, both blacks and whites feared for their lives. The symbolism in this poem represents the relationships between rivers and the history of the African American life....   [tags: poetry analysis] 670 words
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Perseverance in Mother to Son and The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes - The founding fathers constructed the Constitution with the notion that “all men were created equal.” However, many minorities still struggle for the same rights and opportunities as others. “Mother to Son” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” are poems written by Langston Hughes that use symbolism to exemplify the struggles of African Americans as they attempt to persevere through adversity. Hughes utilizes the stairs in “Mother to Son” and the rivers in “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” as his main modes of symbolism....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 836 words
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Symbolic Imagery in Langston Hughes' Poems, The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Mother To Son - Symbolic Imagery in Langston Hughes' Poems, The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Mother To Son Langston Hughes uses symbolism throughout his poetry. In the poems 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' and 'Mother To Son', Langston Hughes uses symbolism to convey his meaning of the poems to the readers. Readers may make many interpretations about the symbols used throughout these poems. Throughout the poem 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' Hughes uses metaphorical statements to suggest to the reader what the soul of the African American has been through....   [tags: Negro Speaks Rivers Essays]
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The Harlem Renaissance - ... Passing makes reference to a person who is classified as a certain race or belonging to one racial group whom is also accepted as a apart of another racial group. Passing was especially used to describe someone of a mixed background in America who assimilated to the white majority. The concept of passing is something that tears the black community apart; Langston Hughes not only saw, but experienced passing. Hughes writes about passing in some of his works. In one of his works entitled “Passing” certain lines really stand out and directly speak about passing, not in the literal sense, but passing in a world that puts the fairer skinned above those who are of a darker skin tone....   [tags: new negro movement, Langston Hughes]
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The Negro Speaks of Rivers - “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes is a compelling poem in which Hughes explores not only his own past, but the past of the black race. As the rivers deepen over time, the Negro's soul does too; their waters eternally flow, as the black soul suffers. Analyzing the poem’s title sets a somber, yet prideful tone for this poem. The fact that the title does not say “I Speak of Rivers,” but instead, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” (1) shows that he is not only a Negro, but that he is not one specific Negro, but in his first person commentary, he is speaking for all Negroes....   [tags: Literature Analysis, Langston Hughes] 554 words
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An Analysis of The Negro Speaks of Rivers - The 1920s and 1930s were the years of the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance. This period of the Roaring Twenties is said to have begun around the end of the war and lasted well until the Great Depression. Partially due to the migration of more and more African Americans into the north of the United States, the national literature, arts and music movement developed into something, until then, completely new and literary modernism spread further (Perkins and Perkins 212). The 1920s were a time of immense change, with women becoming eligible to vote, alcoholic beverages become prohibited to sell, and later on the crash of the stock market (Perkins and Perkins)....   [tags: Langston Hughes, RIvers, Black Culture]
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Symbols Of Truth in Langston Hughes' On The Road - Langston Hughes uses beautiful symbolism and imagery in his literary work “On the Road”. Hughes offers up the idea that if one is to open ones heart; life will provide unlimited abundance. In this literary work, Langston Hughes uses nature to demonstrate and symbolize the unwillingness of his main character, Sargeant, to participate in life. Hughes also demonstrates the use of a person’s anger and instinct to survive and how they both can be used as powerful forces in breaking down racial barriers....   [tags: Road Langston Hughes] 1412 words
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African American History in the Poems of Langston Hughes - African American History in the Poems of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was an African American poet who was one of the first black voices to be heard in America. He was distinct among his contemporaries with his writing about the blacks' experiences and history. His pride of his race and history was apparent in most of his works. In his poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" his pride of his history and civilization is apparent by the repetition of the pronoun "I" in most of the lines. He is proud that his roots go back to the ancient civilizations which where associated with the great Rivers of Asia and Africa namely the Euphrates, the Nile and the Congo....   [tags: The Negro Speaks of Rivers] 791 words
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I, Too by Langston Hughes - I, Too by Langston Hughes A situation can be interpreted into several different meanings when observed through the world of poetry. A poet can make a person think of several different meanings to a poem when he or she is reading it. Langston Hughes wrote a poem titled "I, Too." In this poem he reveals the Negro heritage and the pride that he has in his heritage and in who he is. Also, Hughes uses very simple terms that allow juvenile interpretations and reading. The poem begins "I, too, sing America....   [tags: Langston Hughes Poetry] 694 words
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Theme of Sacrifice Leading to Transformation Illustrated in Hughes' 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' and 'The Secret of the Sea' - Water is the primary wealth of human civilization, and the link to everything in the world. Throughout history, poets and other artists have used water to reveal the secrets to the world, with sweat and tears of Sailor, Africans and African-Americans who are unrecognized. It shows the connection to the dawn of civilization. They are the ones who are unrepresented. For African and African-Americans lake possibly associated with slavery; while for sailors it might be an opportunity to develop themselves....   [tags: poetry, the negro speaks of rivers, the secret of ] 902 words
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Langston Hughes' On the Road - Langston Hughes' "On the Road" In Langston Hughes, "On the Road" the Sargeant is a homeless Black man that is desperate for food and shelter. In his desperation, Sargeant goes to the church to refuge, but there is no one at the Church to help him get refuge. Although Sargent is living in a time where the depression is in existence amongst all people, Black and White, he finds no one to help him. Sargent goes to the Church because the Church helps people. However, because Sargeant is Black and the Church is populated by a White congregation, he is rejected....   [tags: Langston Hughes On Road Poetry Essays] 1247 words
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The Life and Works of Langston Hughes - LANGSTON HUGHES James Mercer Langston Hughes was most commonly known as Langston Hughes. He was an African American writer in the 1920’s which at the time was very difficult because of all the racial discrimination. He is mostly known for being an influential figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. Langston Hughes had a difficult childhood, however, he overcame his struggles and became the famous Renaissance poet that people know him for today and that future generations will also. Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902....   [tags: poetry, jazz, segregation] 686 words
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Langston Hughes: The Harlem Dream - During the 1900’s many African Americans moved from the south to the north in an event called the Great Migration. Many of the southern African Americans migrated to a place called Harlem. This is where it all began. Harlem became the breeding ground for blues, jazz, and gave birth to a new generation of Negro Artist. They referred to themselves as the New Negro. The New Negro was the foundation for an era called the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance allowed for the manifestation of the double consciousness of the Negro race as demonstrated by artists such as Langston Hughes....   [tags: the Great Migration, African American history]
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Visions of The Primitive in Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea - Visions of “The Primitive” in Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea Recounting his experiences as a member of a skeleton crew in “The Haunted Ship” section of his autobiography The Big Sea (1940), Langston Hughes writes This rusty tub was towed up the Hudson to Jonas Point a few days after I boarded her and put at anchor with eighty or more other dead ships of a similar nature, and there we stayed all winter. ...[T]here were no visitors and I almost never went ashore. Those long winter nights with snow swirling down the Hudson, and the old ships rocking and creaking in the wind, and the ice scraping and crunching against their sides, and the steam hissing in the radiators were ideal for reading....   [tags: Langston Hughes Big Sea Essays]
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Racism and Langston Hughes - ... There he was the minority in his classroom, having only two African Americans in the entire class ("Langston Hughes: Childhood"). Although Hughes was a minority and often faced black stereotypes, he was focused and excelled in school. At his eight grade graduation, he was elected class poet. According to Hughes, he continued to wright poems because he felt he “couldn’t let his white friends down” ("Langston Hughes: Childhood"). As Hughes entered into adulthood he wrote poems that told the joys and miseries of the ordinary black man in America ("A Centennial Tribute to Langston Hughes")....   [tags: African American poets] 647 words
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Celebrating Achievements and Face Advercity in Langson Hughes' Poem, Negro - ... He also lived In Paris for several months before returning to the United States late in 1924. When he returned back to his country he was already well known in the African American literary circles as a gifted young poet. He was dedicated to African American music and held a special interest for jazz and the blues. Hughes was notability one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance. His worked has not only shaped literature but help to change political views. Hughes loved being a “Negro” with a strong sense of racial pride....   [tags: african american, movement, harlem]
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Analysis of Langston Hughes' Poems on Slavery - Times of Slavery Thesis: The poems “Negro”, “I Too”, and “Song for a Dark Girl” by Langston Hughes was written around an era of civil inequality. A time when segregation was a customary thing and every African American persevered through civil prejudice. Using his experience, he focuses his poems on racial and economic inequality. Based on his biographical information, he uses conflict to illustrate the setting by talking about hardships only a Negro would comprehend and pride only a Negro can experience, which helps maintain his racial inequality theme....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Civil Rights, US History]
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Analysis of the New Negro - In the beginning Alain Locke tells us about the “tide of negro migration.” During this time in a movement known as the Great Migration, thousands of African-Americans also known as Negros left their homes in the South and moved North toward the beach line of big cities in search of employment and a new beginning. As Locke stated, “the wash and rush of this human tide on the beach line of Northern city centers is to be explained primarily in terms of a new vision of opportunity, of social and economic freedom, of a spirit to seize, even in the face of an extortionate and heavy toll, a chance for the improvement of conditions....   [tags: tide of negro migration, african-american]
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The Life and Achievements of Famous Poet, Langston Hughes - I Am Negro, Black as Night The title of this paper was inspired by the famous black poet, Langston Hughes’, poem Negro, which is included in the book The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes’ works are world renowned classics years after the start of his career. Hughes’ works were very influential in the age of the Harlem Renaissance. They are some of the greatest and most eye-opening works of that time. The research undertaken in this paper will include some aspects of his personal life, educational background, important works, the difference in his writing styles and the achievements that he acquired during his career....   [tags: poetry, biography, biographical, african american] 1278 words
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Life and Work of Langston Hughes - Life and Work of Langston Hughes Early Years James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, on February 1, 1902, to James Nathaniel Hughes, a lawyer and businessman, and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes, a teacher. The couple separated shortly thereafter. James Hughes was, by his son’s account, a cold man who hated blacks (and hated himself for being one), feeling that most of them deserved their ill fortune because of what he considered their ignorance and laziness. Langston’s youthful visits to him there, although sometimes for extended periods, were strained and painful....   [tags: Hughes Writer Poet Biography Essays Papers]
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Dreams Deferred In Langston Hughes’s poem, Harlem - In Langston Hughes’s poem, Harlem, he questions what happens to a “dream deferred” and he lists multiple possibilities that all involve a dream going away (Hughes, Harlem). This poem seems to define Hughes’s life of not wanting to see his own dreams pass him by despite moving from place to place due to his parents’ separation and economic struggles (Otfinoski). Beyond that, Hughes faced racism that could have gotten in the way of his own goals, but instead of letting this deter him, he used it as fuel to pursue a literary career....   [tags: discrimination, racism, writer]
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Art & Life of Langston Hughes - Throughout our lives, we often deal with boundaries created by society and ourselves. Racism and prejudices have plagued our society for years. There have been many people using many methods techniques in the fight against racism. One man used his art and the power of words to bring forth the issues of injustice suffered in America, he was Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was a Negro Writer, born at the turn of the century in 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His ancestry included three major race groups, however, he lived and was identified as a Negro or Colored (Hughes referred to himself as "colored" or "Negro," because those were the terms used to refer to African-Americans in this era)....   [tags: biography biographies bio]
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Langston Hughes and His Poetry - 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....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Langston Hughes And The Harlem - The Harlem Renaissance brought about many great changes. It was a time for expressing the African-American culture. Many famous people began their writing or gained their recognition during this time. The Harlem Renaissance took place during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Many things came about during the Harlem Renaissance; things such as jazz and blues, poetry, dance, and musical theater. The African-American way of life became the “thing.” Many white people came to discover this newest art, dancing, music, and literature....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Langston Hughes - The period of the Harlem Renaissance was a time of great change and exploration for African Americans . It was during this point in the early twentieth century that African Americans were exploring their cultural and social roots. With the rapid expansion of a cohesive black community in the area, it was only a matter of time before the finest minds in Black America converged to share their ideas and unleash their creative essences upon a country that had for so long silenced them. In the midst of this bohemian convergence, many notable figures arose who would give a new voice to African Americans....   [tags: essays research papers] 1367 words
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James Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes One of the most promising of the young Negro poets said to me once, “I want to be a poet—not a Negro poet,” meaning, I believe, “I want to write like a white poet,” meaning subconsciously, “I would like to be a white poet;” meaning behind that, “I would like to be white.” And I doubted then that, with his desire to run away spiritually from his race, this boy would ever be a great poet. But this is the mountain standing in the way of any true Negro art in America—this urge within to race toward whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into the mold of American standardization, and to be as little Negro and as much American as possible (Hughes, Modern Internet)....   [tags: Poet Poetry]
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Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes Langston Hughes is regarded as one of the "most eloquent of American poets to have sung the wounds of political injustice." While some of his poetry can be classified as non-racial most of it can be categorized as literature of protest. Hughes background and personal beliefs were quite influential in his writing and it is reflected in his tremendous discontent for the "white man's world." Three of his works that that display this feeling and similar theme include "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Porter," and "Refugee in America." Langston Hughes was born and educated in the South during what can be classified as "Jim Crow" years....   [tags: Papers] 800 words
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Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes      People always listen to music, watch movies or plays, and even read poetry without once even thinking what is could be that helps and artist eventually create a masterpiece. Often times, it is assumed that artists just have a “gift”, and people just do not consider the circumstances and situations that gradually mold a dormant idea into a polished reality. This seems to be the case with nearly every famous actor, writer, painter, or musician; including the ever-famous Langston Hughes....   [tags: Hughes Biography Bio Poet Biographies Essays] 1461 words
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Search for Identity in the Poetry of Langston Hughes - Search for Identity in the Poetry of Langston Hughes In exploring the problem of identity in Black literature we find no simple or definite explanation. Nevertheless, it is generally accepted that it is rooted in the reality of the discriminatory social system in America with its historic origins in the institution of slavery. One can discern that this slavery system imposes a double burden on the Negro through severe social and economic inequalities and through the heavy psychological consequences suffered by the Negro who is forced to play an inferior role, 1 the latter relates to the low self-estimate, feeling of helplessness and basic identity conflict....   [tags: American Literature]
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James Langston Hughes - (February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967) Born in Joplin, Missouri, James Langston Hughes was born into an abolitionist family. He was the grandson of grandson of Charles Henry Langston, the brother of John Mercer Langston, who was the the first Black American to be elected to public office in 1855. Hughes attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, but began writing poetry in the eighth grade, and was selected as Class Poet. His father didn't think he would be able to make a living as at writing, and encouraged him to pursue a more practical career....   [tags: essays research papers] 892 words
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Langston Hughes' Poem The Weary Blues - Langston Hughes' Poem The Weary Blues I. Introduction Langston Hughes was deemed the "Poet Laureate of the Negro Race," a fitting title which the man who fueled the Harlem Renaissance deserved. But what if looking at Hughes within the narrow confines of the perspective that he was a "black poet" does not fully give him credit or fully explain his works. What if one actually stereotypes Hughes and his works by these over-general definitions that cause readers to look at his poetry expecting to see "blackness?" Any person's unique experiences in life and the sense of personal identity this forms most definitely affects the way he or she views the world....   [tags: Black History Harlem Renaissance Papers]
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Poetry for a Generation - ... Those words show the unity between the Speaker and the Pianist solely because the words seem like it could come from either of them. The speaker seemed to hear and understand the pain that the piano player has in him by just listening to the music he makes through his fingers. This is evident when the speaker says “With his ebony hands on each ivory key” (The Weary Blues 9). Miller adds that “While Hughes emphasis goes to the collective consciousness derived from African ancestry in particular and human history in general, other concerns are personal loneliness, isolation, and loss.” (34) Referring to the pianist saying “Aint got nobody in all this world, Aint got nobody but ma self” (Th...   [tags: langston hughes, african american] 1170 words
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Idealism in Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes - Idealism in Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes        In the poem "Let America Be America Again," Langston Hughes paints a vivid word picture of a depressed America in the 1930's. To many living in America, the idealism presented as the American Dream had escaped their grasp. In this poetic expression, a speaker is allowed to voice the unsung Americans' concern of how America was intended to be, had become to them, and could aspire to be again.   Using a conversational style, the author allows the speaker and listener to interact with each other....   [tags: Let America Again Essays Hughes]
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Langston Hughes: A Man of Truth - ... Because he wrote about this in the era known as the Harlem Renaissance, his writings were scandalous. He was immediately judged by critics of all races. Everyone was a critic, even his fellow black authors. They did not like the way Hughes was so realistic in portraying their lifestyle. Hughes wrote about being criticized. Newspapers printed how terrible his books were. He expressed the idea that "The Negro Critics" were too sensitive about how they are portrayed to white people. They wanted to show their best side to the public to be accepted....   [tags: poetic analysis, poems, writer] 909 words
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Langston Hughes: A Jazz Poet - Langston Hughes (James Mercer Langston Hughes) was a poet, columnist, dramatist, essayist, lyricist, and novelist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes, like others, was active in the Harlem Renaissance, and he had a strong sense of racial pride. Through his poem, novels, short stories, plays, and kids books, he promoted equality, condemned racism, and injustice, and celebrated African American culture, and humor. (Illinois). Langston Hughes was the son of Carrie Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes....   [tags: dramatis, essayist, lyricist, novelist]
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Degrees of Transcendence: Opposing Views by McKay and Hughes on the Consumption of Art - Writing during the emergence of the “New Negro” movement, Claude McKay and Langston Hughes work to reconcile black life in white America. The trope used by the two poets within “The Harlem Dancer” and “The Weary Blues” is that of a performance and a single speaker’s recollection of it. While both depict an African-American performer presumably consumed by the isolation and oppression of their condition, the intensity of the performances prove to be vastly disparate. Hughes’ “The Weary Blues” features a much more transcendent performance than that of McKay’s “The Harlem Dancer” not only because of the relationship between the audience and the performer, but the degree of ubiquity in descripti...   [tags: New Negro Movement, Poetry] 1724 words
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The Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes was one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, which was the first major movement of African- American life and culture. Hughes was influenced by living in New York City's Harlem, where his literary works helped shape American literature and politics. Hughes strong sense of racial pride helped him promote equality, celebrate African- American culture, and condemn racism through his poetry, novels, plays, essays, and children's books (America’s Library)....   [tags: african american culture, spanish civil war]
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Langston Hughes, An American Poet - James Mercer Langston Hughes was one of the most influential African-American writers during the Harlem Renaissance. He was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri to James and Carrie Mercer Hughes. Hughes parents divorced shortly after his birth and his father moved to Mexico. Hughes went to live with his grandmother, Mary Patterson Langston in Kansas while his mother travelled back and forth with jobs. After his grandmother died he went to live with friends of the family, James and Mary Reed for two years....   [tags: Biography]
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Langston Hughes and Poetry - “Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” –Edgar Allan Poe. Poetry is one of the world’s greatest wonders. It is a way to tell a story, raise awareness of a social or political issue, an expression of emotions, an outlet, and last but not least it is an art. Famous poet Langston Hughes uses his poetry as a musical art form to raise awareness of social injustices towards African-Americans during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Although many poets share similarities with one another, Hughes creatively crafted his poetry in a way that was only unique to him during the 1920’s....   [tags: Biography, Poet, Poetic Analysis]
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Langston Hughes: Jazz Poet - ... The poem is very descriptive in detail of what went on and because of this it make the poem seem like a true story and not a work of fiction. In “Who But The Lord” it talks about an African-American walking down a street committing no crimes being pursued and mugged by a police officer. He also state in the poem “who but the lord cares for me” and “dose the lord even care” making the reader feel sympathy and what he feels. In “Way Of The White Folks” it talks about all of the “Whites” Enslaving “Blacks” all throughout history, the “Whites” taking all of the good jobs and being rich, greedy selfish people....   [tags: brief biography]
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Biography of Langston Hughes - The well known poet Langston Hughes was an inspiring character during the Harlem Renaissance to provide a push for the black communities to fight for the rights they deserved. Hughes wrote his poetry to deliver important messages and provide support to the movements. When he was at a young age a teacher introduced him to poets Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, and they inspired him to start his own. Being a “darker brother,” as he called blacks, he experienced and wanted his rights, and that inspired him....   [tags: poet, harlem renaissance, rights]
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Perseverance Despite Persecution - The founding fathers constructed the Constitution with the notion that “all men were created equal.” However, many minorities still struggle for the same rights and opportunities as others. “Mother to Son” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” are poems written by Langston Hughes that use symbolism to exemplify the struggles of African Americans as they attempt to persevere through adversity. Hughes utilizes the stairs in “Mother to Son” and the rivers in “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” as his main mode of symbolism....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Langston Hughes ] 1106 words
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Langston Hughes Biography - “James Mercer Langston Hughes, known as Langston Hughes was born February 2, 1902 in Missouri, to Carrie Hughes and James Hughes.” Years later his parents separated. Langston’s father moved to Mexico and became very successful, as his for mother, she moved frequently to find better jobs. As a child growing up Langston spent most of his childhood living with his grandmother named Mary Langston in Lawrence, Kansas. Mary Langston was a learned women and a participant in the civil rights Movement. When Langston Hughes was 12 years old his grandmother passed away....   [tags: Biography, Writer, Poet]
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Reoccurring Themes in the Work of Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes is an extremely successful and well known black writer who emerged from the Harlem Renaissance (“Langston Hughes” 792). He is recognized for his poetry and like many other writers from the Harlem Renaissance, lived most of his life outside of Harlem (“Langston Hughes” 792). His personal experiences and opinions inspire his writing intricately. Unlike other writers of his time, Hughes expresses his discontent with black oppression and focuses on the hardships of his people. Hughes’ heartfelt concern for his people’s struggle evokes the reader’s emotion....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Black Literature]
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Langston Hughes a Harlem Renaissance Man - ... Langston Hughes’ poetry frequently cites the “American Dream” from the perspective of those who were disenfranchised in American, such as the Native Americans, African Americans, poor farmers, and oppressed immigrants. The American Dream was defined by James Truslow Adams as, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” (Langston Hughes). Hughes’ poetry portrays the glories of equality, liberty, and the “American Dream” as the disenfranchised were trapped beneath oppression, poverty, and prejudice....   [tags: notorious African American poets]
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Langston Hughes and Alain Locke's Harlem Renaissance - Langston Hughes and Alain Locke's Harlem Renaissance There has been much debate over the Negro during the Harlem Renaissance. Two philosophers have created their own interpretations of the Negro during this Period. In Alain Locke’s essay, The New Negro, he distinguishes the difference of the “old” and “new” Negro, while in Langston Hughes essay, When the Negro Was in Vogue, looks at the circumstances of the “new” Negro from a more critical perspective. During the Harlem Renaissance period, Alain Locke considers African Americans as transforming into someone “new.” He describes how African Americans migrated from the south to the north and were given new opportunities....   [tags: African American Black Renaissance Harlem Poetry] 1027 words
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Racial Equality in Works by Langston Hughes - Born in 1902, only 40 years after the death of “The Great Emancipator”, Langston Hughes suffered through many hardships because of his race. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans did not enjoy the same privileges as those of white descent, and throughout this period, many great thinkers expressed their displeasure through various mediums. Langston Hughes became of these great thinkers. Widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of the Harlem Renaissance (a period of great cultural development among African-American communities, particularly Harlem), Hughes became one of the most prominent figures in the fight for racial equality....   [tags: emancipator, race, african-american]
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Langston Hughes´ Memories in His Poems - ... The underlying tie that connected all of Hughes’s work together was achieved through his devotion to the realization of a certain dream deferred. During this time, this certain dream for all African Americans was the dream of racial equality (The Harlem Project). Hughes once said “Many Americans seem to have the idea that art has little to do with life, you know, and poetry has even less to do with life than other forms of art. Well I don’t think that’s true at all.” (The Harlem Project). Through this mindset, Hughes set out to revolutionize poetry and created such expressive and inspirational work just by reflecting on his own life....   [tags: reflections, experiences, life, inspiration] 849 words
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Prejudice in Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes - Prejudice is a cancer that spreads hate among its perpetrators and victims alike. In 1930 Langston Hughes penned the novel, Not Without Laughter. This powerful story, written from the perspective of an African-American boy named James “Sandy” Rodgers, begins in the early 1900’s in the small town of Stanton, Kansas. Through the eyes of young Sandy, we see the devastating impact of racism on his family and those they are close to. We also see how the generations of abuse by whites caused a divide within the black community....   [tags: skin color, whites, slavery]
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Langston Hughes: American Poet and Social Activist - ... Langston continued to reside with his grandmother into his early teenage years when she had passed away. After this point, Langston resided with his mother, who was then remarried, in Lincoln, Illinois. Langston and his mother had moved often before they had finally settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1916. In Cleveland, Ohio, Langston attended and graduated from high school before moving to Mexico to be with his father. In 1920, Langston Hughes traveled to Toluca, Mexico to reunite with his father....   [tags: jazz poetry, novelist, playwright]
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Langston Hughes - A Literary Genius - Langston Hughes (1902-1967), one of the most prominent figures in the world of Harlem, has come to be an African American poet as well as a legend of a variety of fields such as music, children's literature and journalism. Through his poetry, plays, short stories, novels, autobiographies, children's books, newspaper columns, Negro histories, edited anthologies, and other works, Hughes is considered a voice of the African-American people and a prime example of the magnificence of the Harlem Renaissance who promoted equality, condemned racism and injustice that the Negro society endured, and left behind a precious literary and enduring legacy for the future generations....   [tags: Biography] 2067 words
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James Mecer Langston Hughes: Literary Genius - Literary Genius James Mercer Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. James Hughes and Carrie Langston are Hughes’ parents. They later divorced when Hughes was young. After his parents divorced he went to live with his grandmother until he turned thirteen years old. At thirteen years old he moved to Lincoln, Illinois. After living in Illinois he later moved to Cleveland, Ohio to live with his mother. When he moved to Cleveland he started writing poetry (“James Mercer…” par....   [tags: African American poets, Harlem Renaissance]
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The Life and Works of Langston Hughes - 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 frownin’ 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, autobiographer, and a writer a of children’s books (Andrews, Foster, Harris 368)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1972 words
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The Influences for Langston Hughes' Successful Writing Career - ... He was denied acceptance and ignored by white peers in high school. Another obstacle in Hughes’s path to success, was his ongoing fight with poverty (Biography). “Hughes worked many odd jobs and was forced to move around a lot as his writings could not support him financially” (Sullivan 17). Hughes did gained a white-collar job as an assistant to Carter G. Woodson, though this was not a bad job it left Hughes no time for his writing which led to him quit (Biography). He was able to gain some recognition for his poems from other African Americans such as W.E.B DuBois....   [tags: culture, race, harlem renaissance] 980 words
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The Poetry of Langston Hughes - The  Poetry of Langston Hughes      Langston Hughes was born at the turn of the century in America.  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.  With aid from his father, Hughes attended Columbia University, but soon became disgusted with university life and immersed himself in his first love - the poetry and jazz and blues in Harlem.  Hughes supported himself in odd jobs such as nightclub doorman and steward while he traveled to places as remote as West Africa, Italy, and Paris. ...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes and Modern Poetry - ... His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists’ (550). In another term, tradition only comes within the artist or the art itself; therefore, it should be universally monumental to the past. And, Langston Hughes argues that African-Americans should embrace and appreciate their own artistic virtues; he wishes to break away from the Euro-centric tradition and in hopes of creating a new blueprint for the African-American-Negro. To analyze Hughes’s poem thoroughly, by using Eliot’s argumentative essay, we must first identify the poem’s speaker and what is symbolic about the speaker....   [tags: tradition, african americans] 840 words
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Literary Critique of Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes’s writing showcases a variety of themes and moods, and his distinguished career led his biographer, Arnold Rampersad, to describe him as “perhaps the most representative black American writer.” Many of his poems illustrate his role as a spokesman for African American society and the working poor. In others, he relates his ideas on the importance of heritage and the past. Hughes accomplishes this with a straightforward, easily understandable writing style that clearly conveys his thoughts and opinions, although he has frequently been criticized for the slightly negative tone to his works....   [tags: essays research papers] 812 words
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Harlem Renaissance Poets: Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes - Right after the World War I, the majority of African Americans moved from South to the North of the United States. New economic and artistic opportunities led them to create and identify themselves in their own culture and heritage. This movement is well-known as the Harlem renaissance. It was accompanied by new lifestyle, music styles, and plenty of talented writers. This paper discusses two poems from this period: Heritage, written by Countee Cullen, and The Weary Blues, written by Langston Hughes....   [tags: Authors]
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How it Feels to be Colored Me by Hurston and Hughes’ The Negro Mother - Zora Neale Hurston vs Langston Hughes on the African American Experience Both Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes were great writers but their attitudes towards their personal experience as an African American differed in many ways. These differences can be attributed to various reasons that range from gender to life experience but even though they had different perceptions regarding the African American experience, they both shared one common goal, racial equality through art. To accurately delve into the minds of the writers’ one must first consider authors background such as their childhood experience, education, as well their early adulthood to truly understand how it affected their...   [tags: How It Feels to Be Colored Me]
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Overcoming Racism in One Friday Morning by Langston Hughes - ... But when the committee later receives more information on Nancy’s background, they decide the scholarship would not be appropriate to give to her. Her principle had to break the news to her by giving her the letter the committee wrote her reading: “It seems to us wiser to arbitrarily rotate the award among the various high schools of the city from now on. And especially in this case since the student chosen happens to be colored, a circumstance which unfortunately, had we known, might have prevented this embarrassment.” The letter goes on to tell that the committee did have a high regard for Nancy’s talent, but the difficulties it would create for the school and herself outweighed giving...   [tags: discrimination, barriers, scholarship]
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Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes During his lifetime, he was known as "the poet laureate of Harlem." What this meant, is that he was worthy of honor and he excelled in poetry. In addition, he worked as a journalist, dramatist, essayist, novelist, playwright, lyricist, and children's author during his life. This man’s name is Langston Hughes, however his full name is James Langston Hughes. James Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. Langston was still a baby when his parents separated, and his father went to Mexico....   [tags: Papers] 336 words
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Langston Hughes - 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 she even took him to hear W.E.B....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Langston Hughes - James Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was very small, and his father (who found American racism made his desires to be a lawyer impossible) left the family and emigrated to Mexico. Hughes' mother moved with her child to Lawrence, Kansas, so she and he could live with his grandmother, Mary Langston. Langston Hughes' mother moved to Topeka in 1907, leaving the five-year-old with his grandmother. Langston came from a family of African-American activists....   [tags: essays research papers] 673 words
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Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes On February 1st, 1902, arguably the greatest African-American poet of all time was born. He spoke for an entire race, and his words had a huge impact on the treatment of black people and the manner in which they were viewed. He gave hope to those who felt the same way as he did. Although we look back on his work and study it, at the time it was released it had a very real impact to many people. He was Langston Hughes. I believe Langston Hughes's name should be considered amongst the greatest poets of all time....   [tags: Poem Poetry Biography] 1861 words
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Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes Throughout many of Langston Hughes' poetry, there seems to be a very strong theme of racism. Poems such as "Ballad of the Landlord", "I, Too", and "Dinner Guest: Me" are some good examples of that theme. The "Ballad of the Landlord" addresses the issue of prejudice in the sense of race as well as class. The lines "My roof has sprung a leak. / Don't you 'member I told you about it/ Way last week?" (Hughes 2/4) show the reader that the speaker, the tenant, is of a much lower class than his landlord....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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