An Analysis Of Langston Hughes's Life Is Fine

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Langston Hughes was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the primary contributors during that time. His poetry empowered African Americans through their fight for racial equality. His prominence led to him being offered teaching positions at a number of colleges, but he rarely accepted. However, he did accept a position for three months in 1949 at the integrated Laboratory School of the University of Chicago as a Visiting Lecturer on Poetry. He concluded that teaching did not allow for adequate amount of time for creative writing. Around this time, he wrote many types of creative works with the encouragement of his best friend and writer, Arna Bontemps, and patron and friend, Carl Van Vechten. Among his many works were the…show more content…
It is not one of him most popular, but it is similar to many of his other works. The theme of this poem was perseverance and it told the story of a man with a joyful spirit and optimistic attitude even when he was in the presence of his own personal despair. Throughout most of this poem, the man is attempting to commit suicide due to lost love, but each time he finds reasons not to. He concludes that due to his failed suicide attempts, he is clearly not ready to leave this life. In the process of these attempts, he found his reason for living, even if he cannot attain complete happiness and he will still feel sad and miserable at times, he cannot let his “sweet baby” see him die. This poem was written in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement and was written to convey his understanding of the extremely difficult situation many of his people found themselves in and how many considered suicide without going through with it. He felt that, like the character in the poem, they found a reason to continue living even in the midst of all their…show more content…
Many of his writings were inspired by the rhythm and language of the black church and the music of that time, specifically jazz and blues. He thought that this music was the true expression of black spirit, his poem “Harlem” was one of his works inspired by it. It was featured in Montage of a Dream Deferred, a collection of poetry published in 1951. Harlem was about how African Americans did not receive the full benefits of the “American Dream”. The American Dream was the idea that every American should be able to obtain freedom, equality, and opportunity as long as they worked hard for it. However, due to extreme racial segregation, African Americans faced great obstacles that prevented them from truly being able to fulfill their own American
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