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“I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me”. These are the words of Langston Hughes, a black writer and poet from the early twentieth century. This man was famous for his portrayal of the realities of black life and culture in America. Although some literary critics may feel that Hughes’s poetry presented an unattractive view of black life, his poetry demonstrated the reality of their lives. 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. Langston Hughes was born to James Hughes and Carrie Langston Hughes on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was young and he went to live with his grandmother (“Langston Hughes”). Of the many experiences that influenced young Hughes to write about black life, living with his grandmother, Mary Hughes, had the greatest impact on him. Hughes’s grandmother was the one that instilled in him a sense of black pride in the first place by telling him stories of his ancestors. Hughes’ grandmother had two husbands; the first was part of John Brown’s crew that attacked Harper’s Ferry. Her second husband, Hughes’ grandfather, was an abolitionist. Hearing the stories about his grandfather and his grandmother’s first husband made Hughes want to write about black lif...

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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. He influenced many other writers and helped to establish a voice for black people. Langston Hughes was an extraordinary poet that should be known as the man who brought light to the injustice that the people of color of America had to survive.

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