James Mercer Langston Hughes was an African American poet, journalist, playwright, and novelist whose works were incredibly well known. It was during the peak of the Harlem Renaissance in which Langston Hughes produced poetry which was not just musically and artistically sound, but also captured the essence of the blues. Thus giving life to a new version of poetry that illustrated the African American struggle between society and oneself. Langston Hughes was one of the most original and versatile African American artists of the twentieth century, who achieved respect and fame for his capacity to convey the African American experience in words. The accomplishment of such creation catapulted Langston Hughes to be one of the most influential artists of the Harlem Renaissance who utilized aspects of his life as inspiration for his poetry.
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His role within the Harlem Renaissance was very significant. He was inspired by American black life and had written in conventional writing style. Through his work he remained in a sense of double-consciousness, “the very term African American” (Sayre, 2012). Langston Hughes was one of the most productive writers of the Harlem renaissance, and one of the few artists of the movement who achieved fame and recognition (Kelley, Bloom, 2010). He enriched the circles of the Harlem renaissance not only by his poetry but also essays, short stories, novels, plays, autobiographies, and lyrics of blues and jazz.
O Blues!” (Norton 1733) “The Weary Blues” captures an important element of the black identity, that of its music and the soul which is put into its expression. The poem captures that soul of the black man as he wails a mellow tune to the beat of a blues rhythm. Langston Hughes established himself as the poet laureate of Harlem. He served as the voice of the downtrodden, as well the elite in black culture. The criticism that he once received is now praise as his influence is manifested in the affirmation of the black identity.
This agenda was also reflected in the efforts of Jamaican-born black nationalist Marcus Garvey, whose "Back to Africa" movement inspired racial pride among blacks in the United States. African American literature and arts had begun a steady development just before the turn of the century. In the performing arts, black musical theater featured such accomplished artists as songwriter Bob Cole and composer J. Rosamond Johnson, brother of writer James Weldon Johnson. Jazz and blues music moved with black populations from the South and Midwest into the bars and cabarets of Harlem. In literature, the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the fiction of Charles W. Chesnutt in the late 1890s were among the earliest works of African Americans to receive national recognition.
Harlem became known for its creation of the blues, jazz, and gave birth to a new generation of Negro Artist, called the New Negro which was the foundation for an era called the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance allowed African Americans to have a desire of cultural and social redemption through their own literary works of art since slavery. Many great writers came about during this time, one of which was Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes created poetry that was not only artistically and musically, but also captured a blues essence giving his poetry a new style of writing during the Harlem Renaissance era. Hughes’s poems depict the African American struggles with self and the society, leading him to be one of the most influential icons of the Harlem Renaissance with poetry that is direct, comprehensible, and signifying simplicity.
Between 1910 and 1920, thousands of African-American moved to the north from the south. The slavery issues and discrimination towards black peoples were very intense in the south at that time. On account of that, they moved to the North and most of them moved to Harlem, a section of New York City. This great migration was the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance or also known as the Negro Renaissance or the New Negro Movement was literary and artistic movement by the African-American (Singh).
Langston Hughes created poetry that stood out to people. It had that jazzy vibe mixed with articulate language of choice. He could seize the minds of people with the soulfulness of his writing, and depict the struggles of what was going on with blacks. Some individuals see Langston Hughes as the inspired poet of the Harlem Renaissance time. Mr. Hughes used his body of work to compare and contrast things to create the groundwork for the Harlem Renaissance period.
Many of Hughes’s poems stand out in their description of the black experience. Some of the poems that stand out include “Ku Klux,” “House In the World,” and “Children’s Rhymes.” These poems delve into the world of fear, segregation, and the lost innocence of black culture. These poems genuinely demonstrate the difficult lives most black people had to live. Langston Hughes was one of the most influential black poets of the twentieth century. He took part in the Harlem Renaissance and taught the world about black life and culture.
During and after World War One , the Great Migration caused many African Americans to move from rural areas of the country to the northern states. Many people flocked to Harlem, New York in hopes that they too would become a part of the culture phenomenon taking place. This culture boom became known as The Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was an influential movement that “kindled a new black culture identity “(History.com). With the turning of the age it seemed the perfect opportunity for Afro- Americans to create a new identity.