Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes was a large influence on the African-American population of America. Some of the ways he did this was how his poetry influenced Martin Luther King Jr. and the Harlem Renaissance. These caused the civil rights movement that resulted in African-Americans getting the rights that they deserved in the United States. Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was young and his grandmother raised him. She got him into literature and education; she was one of the most important influences on him. He moved around a lot when he was young, due to his parents divorce, but remained a good student and graduated high school. After this he traveled the world and worked in different places, all the things he saw in his travels influenced him. In 1924 he settled down in Harlem where he became one of the important figures in the Harlem Renaissance. He enjoyed listening to blues and jazz in clubs while he wrote his poetry. The music that he enjoyed greatly influenced the style and rhythm of his poetry. The poem “Dream Variations” by Hughes is about an average African-American who dreams of a world where African-Americans are not looked at or treated differently and they can rest peacefully. Yet in real life this was not so, black people and white people were not equal. And the world was not as forgiving and nice as in their dream. This poem is a good example of Hughes writing because it is typical of three things. The first is the common theme of the average life of an African-American and their struggles. Secondly, the style of his writing which is based on the rhythm of jazz and blues- he uses a lot of imagery and similes. Lastly, his influences which are his lonely childhood and growing up as an Afric... ... middle of paper ... ...Academy of American Poets, 1997. Web. 26 Nov. 2013. . Campbell, Mrs. "What Literary Elements Does Langston Hughes Frequently Use? - Homework Help -", 28 Apr. 2009. Web. 26 Nov. 2013. . "Langston Hughes – Dream Variations." Poetry Genius. Poetry Genius, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. . "Langston Hughes." Scholastic Teachers. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. . Rampersad, Arnold. "Hughes's Life and Career--by Arnold Rampersad." Hughes's Life and Career--by Arnold Rampersad. Oxford University Press, 1997. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. .

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