Langston Hughes

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was a poet that lived from 1902-1967. He was a very distinguished poet of the Harlem Renaissance, the great out pouring of african-american art. The poetry of Langston Huges is very different, yet it held the reader's attention. As a poet, he defines his role as a poet. Hughes has a very unconventional style, subjectcontent, and language, though he gives his intended messages in the same way as the poets of the past have done.
created most of his works in or about Harlem, New York. His poetry was almost musical. It had a distinct rhythm and a flow to the words contained in the lines. He spoke of the issues and life of the black race and its plight "They send me to eat ...

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inspired pride and strngth in most african americans who also struggle with the plight of racism and segregation.
He was very influential, famed authors such as Lorraine Hansberry derived the title to her award winning play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), from one of Hughes poems. He in turn was very influenced by Walt Whitman, and honored him in one of his poems.

"Old Walt Whitman

Went finding and seeking

Finding less than sought

Seeking more then found" (Lines 1 - 4)

Hughes was a very talented man and his talent in writing was and still is sought heavily. During WW2, he wrote jingles and phrases to promote he sales of bonds and to support confidence.

Langston's poetry, though he showed pride and anger, he could also be very optimistic about it all. The segregation, the hatred, and the negativity surrounding that era he was in:

But someday somebody'll

Stand up and talk about me,


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