Langston Hughes was passionate about expressing the lives of black people through his poetry. His poetry expressed the pain and suffering that black people had to endure. Many critics have claimed that Langston Hughes created an unattractive view of black life through his poetry, but he was only demonstrating the realities of their lives. He didn’t make up stories about how great life was; he wrote realistically about the fear, segregation, and lost innocence of the black race. Langston Hughes left an immense impression on the literature of his time period.
Hughes uses as... ... middle of paper ... ...come hopeful. On the contrary, he does not want to live this way forever and believes all should be equal. In a time in America when blacks were not being treated fairly Hughes used this poem to impact the lives of many people. Hughes grew popular among the African American people because of the equality that this poem stood for. Times have changed since this poem was written and blacks are no longer treated like they were during that era.
Some of them were writing about the discrimination they got as a black people. At that time, the African-American were struggling to get equal treatment. As an American, they had a dream that someday the black people can get their rights as same as the white. There were several people wrote poems about black people and helped define the Harlem Renaissance, such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Helene Johnson, Claude McKay, Jessy Redmon Fauset, Jean Toomer, and Angelina Weld Grimke. Those people trying to tell the world how proud and grateful they were as African-American through poetry.
Wallace Thurman, one of Hughes’ closest friends had this to say about the poet’s subject matter: “He went for inspiration and rhythms to those people who had been the least absorbed by the quagmire of American Kultur, and from them he undertook to select and preserve such autonomous racial values as were being rapidly eradicated in order to speed the Negro’s assimilation.” ( Bloom 161) To many black critics, including Thurman, the subjects of Langston Hughes’ poetry exposed an aspect of the black culture that, according to Countee Cullen threw wide, “every door of the racial entourage, to the wholesale gaze of the world at large (Bloom 152).” Hughes was a lover of his people and sought to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America. He created works of literature that were distinctively Negro in their elements: Without repudiating the Americanness of the Afro American, he defined how a work of art by a black American can be Negro, the artist’s Americanness notwithstanding…..The black artist stands a good chance of capturing the Negro soul if he looks for his material not among the “self-styled “hi-class” Negroes,” but among “the low down folks”, the ... ... middle of paper ... ...gston Hughes manifested itself in “The Weary Blues”. Hughes wrote the poem to be played to music and it was performed with an accompaniment of jazz in the background. The flow of the poem is in tune to a blues beat. It incorporates the slow mellow mood of the blues and its easy free flow of thought.
He is part of the African-American race that is expressed in his writing. He writes about how he is currently oppressed, but this does not diminish his hope and will to become the equal man. Because he speaks from the point of view of an oppressed African-American the poem’s struggles and future changes seem to be of greater importance than they ordinarily would. The point of view of being the oppressed African American is clearly evident in Langston Hughes’s writing. The author states, “I am the darker brother” (2.2) Here Hughes is clearly speaking on behalf of the African American race because during the early and mid 1900’s African American were oppressed because of their darker skin color.
Langston Hughes fulfilled numerous roles during his lifetime, and provided priceless contributions to the development of a unique style of American literature during the Harlem Renaissance. He was a revolutionary poet, author, and playwright during the Civil Rights Era, and he included in his poetry elements of social commentary and political activism. Hughes’ impassioned prose was sprinkled with logical and emotional arguments against the injustice of racism that prevailed legally until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed (Latham). Hughes offered invaluable beneficence to both American literature as an author of the Harlem Renaissance, and to the progression of civil rights for African Americans. Hughes’ poetry was centralized on his aspirations of making copacetic interracial alliances a reality.
Struggles of African Americans in Langston Hughes’ Poems, Mother to Son and Lenox Avenue: Midnight The experiences, lessons, and conditions of one’s life provide a wellspring of inspiration for one’s creative expressions and ideas. Throughout life people encounter situations and circumstances that consequently help to mold them into individualized spirits. An individual’s personality is a reflection of his or her life. Langston Hughes, a world-renowned African American poet and self-professed defender of African American heritage, boldly defies the stereotypical and accepted form of poetry at his own discretion. Although Langston Hughes is a successful African American poet, he, like many other Harlemites, faces obstacles and opposition along his journey through life; however, Hughes embraces his hardships and infuses his life experiences into poetical works that his fellow African Americans can relate to on some level.
Langston Hughes’s Outlook on the American Dream The American poet, Langston Hughes, writes poetry primarily focusing on African American civil rights. Coming from a long line of African American activists, he too made it his work and his passion to help the efforts to bring about equality. However, his own past is the reason he pushes these ideas forward with such zeal. Hughes grew up in a time of racial segregation. The nation was divided and Hughes witnessed that first hand.
Hughes Black American roots and his sense of racial equality was what fueled most, if not all, of his poems. Growing up when Black Americans had no rights and had separate everything's was difficult for any black man living then. But he turned his feelings into beautiful poetry. Hughes poetry helped a lot of people out. He inspired many people during the civil rights movement and he gave hope to others with his unique perspective.
The African American spirit was alive in the blues and Langston drew that spirit into his poetry. Langston Hughes’ work was filled with the plight he suffered, the inequality of the ideal and the reality of American, and the dreams he aspired for his people and his country. Reading this major figure of the Harlem Renaissance today can bring the reader back in time to an era whose dreams longed for the world we have today. Works Cited Barksdale, Richard. Langston Hughes: The Poet And His Critics.