Langston Hughes and His Poetry

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Throughout African American history different individuals have made a significant impact that would forever change things. In the 1900s Harlem became the governing body for the birth of jazz and blues. This also open door for a new era called the Harlem Renaissance. During this time a poet name Langston Hughes was introduced. 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. His poems established him as a well known poet in Harlem. In two of his poems one titled “Mother to Son” and the other “Harlem” both have some comparison and contrast between the two. The poem “Mother to Son” is more of a free lyric flowing poem. In this poem Langston Hughes gets the message across in a powerful attack. The poem is narrated from a mother’s viewpoint and the wisdom she gives her son as read in the following lines: Son boy, don’t you turn back Don’t you set down on the steps ’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard Don’t you fall now— For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. [14-20] These sets of lines express the frustrations of a mother who worked through a hard time, and is telling her son her story. She is telling her son this is the adversity she when through to become who she is today in spirit. ... ... middle of paper ... ...49d7df7a> Rampersad, Arnold. "Introduction.(THREE POEMS BY LANGSTON HUGHES)(Critical Essay)." Poetry 4 (2009): 327. Academic OneFile. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. Hansen, Tom. "Hughes's Harlem." Explicator 58.2 (2000): 106. Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson). Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <> Thrall, William Flint, et al. A Handbook to Literature. New York: Odyssey, 1960. Rampersad, Arnold. "Langston Hughes and His Critics on the Left." The Langston Hughes Review 5.2 (Fall 1986): 34-40. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Deborah A. Schmitt. Vol. 108. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.

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