Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's ' The Negro Speaks Of Rivers '

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Biography On February 1, 1902, Langston Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri. He is the son of James and Carrie Hughes, but they would later divorce after his birth. During his parents ' divorce, he was raised by his grandmother. Years later as a teen he would move to Cleveland, Ohio with his mother. One day at school his English teacher introduced him to poets Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, which would be his influence to writing poetry. He would write poems for his school magazine, but would get rejected. In, 1920, Langston graduated from high school and went to Mexico to live with his father. While living with his father he, wrote the poem " The Negro speaks of Rivers" that was published in The Crisis Magazine. The following year, Langston returned to the U.S and went to Columbia University, but after a few months he dropped out and worked many jobs. A couple months later he signed up as a steward on a freighter that went to Spain and Africa. In 1923, he left and went to Paris to write and publish his poetry. He came back to the U.S on November 1924, and worked as a busboy at a hotel in Washington, D.C. Later that year he met poet Vachel Lindsay and showed her his poems. She was very impressed, that she promoted his poetry to bring a mass audience. His poem " The Weary Blues" won first prize in 1925, and received a scholarship to Lincoln University. Novelist and storyteller Carl Van Vecten became aware of Langston poems and used his connections to get Langston his first book of The Weary Blues. The book became popular which established his poetic style of writing. He loved jazz music so one day he decided to use jazz rhymes and dialect to show the life of African Americans. In 1929, he p... ... middle of paper ... He was a verbal and an active speaker for African Americans by uplifting them, he wanted equality across the world. He gave his audience a sense of joy, laughter, struggle and his honesty. He painted an image to make the people understand what 's going on in America. "My seeking has been to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America and obliquely that of all humankind."He made people want to read and know more about poetry. He set the tone for brotherhood and friendship. He had the will and determination to fight against all odds. He gave his audience a piece of mind to learn and have a good time. Langston is the pioneer for black poets. He has won countless honors and awards, but his biggest achievement is reaching the people. He embraced the love for people and equality in his poetry.
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