James Mercer Langston Hughes was the first African American to achieve national prominence, and the figure of such stature in the black community. His influence and ideas were inescapable, as he saw himself as a poet for an entire nation. Hughes role model, Walt Whitman helped to give him the ideas of the optimistic vision of America and how to achieve and accomplish some of the things he did in his life. Langston Hughes inspired many people and expressed the African American spirt and soul in his works. Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri.
Poets Claude Mckay and Langston Hughes are both well known for their literary contributions to the Harlem Renaissance. Roughly spanning from the 1910s to the 1930s, about two decades, the Harlem Renaissance is pinned as the intellectual, social, and artistic explosion of African American culture. At the same time, African Americans were treated as second-class citizens and dealt with a common consensus of disdain from the white folk. Authors and poets during this time were determined to write on the sufferings and strengths within the black culture. Through literary works such as "America" by Claude McKay and "Freedom" by Langston Hughes, the struggles encompassing the black experience are realistically portrayed through reoccurring themes
Irving was originally a lawyer, but later he left his judicial career and followed his childhood dream of being a full-time writer, writing some poems which upon closer observation, it can be seen that he makes fun of the Romantic period. Romanticism was a time which had many unique attributes, but Washington Irving did not agree with those attributes and made fun of those ideas through his writing. Romanticism is a time period that was at its peak from 1800-1850 in which people all over the world focused on the many new ideas in art, music, and writing. The definition of Romanticism is simply, anything but the here or now or whatever isn’t realistic but is commonly referred to as the time period
I was reading some of Langston Hughes’ poems. Do you know who Langston Hughes is? Well, he is one of the most influential poets I have ever encountered. His life and work are shown through his writing, the daily life of a black man. Hughes knows how to use beautiful and gruesome words to describe his life, he once said “Life for me ain 't been no crystal stair It 's had tacks in it...”(Mother to son) That is the gruesome part of his writings, he voices the truth of our past.
While love is often portrayed, especially in poetry, as the ultimate source of happiness, the speaker has clearly been hurt by someone he loved in the past and is now wary of love and will take to sleeping for as long as he can to avoid falling in love. The poem closes with the line “only the song of a secret bird” (28). The speaker simply cannot ignore the voice of his “secret bird,” who is proved throughout the poem to be the only force that can pull him out of his dreamland and bring him back to reality, despite his desperate attempts to protect himself and his
Countee Cullen was an African American writer who was famous for writing poems and writing a very popular novel. He had a very good education when he was growing up and attended very popular universities. He was writing poems in the Harlem Renaissance time period, which was the time of the African American great migration during the middle of the 1930s. Countee Cullen was born on May 20 although due to conflicting accounts of his early life it is still unknown. Cullen’s exact place of birth is known, but there are some sources that state that he could have been born in Louisville, Kentucky, Baltimore, and New York City.
This displays the fear that the author had for his father. When reflecting over the poem, John J. Mckenna stated, “The author replaced the rather benign ‘kept’ with ‘beat’ thus making the situation more ominous, more negative” Roethke’s father worked manual labor and had a strong physique. This means that he might’ve been too rough with his son at times, but not intentionally to hurt him. That is one of the reasons Roethke feared his father slightly. Another change Roethke made to the poem was the gender of the child.
“I, Too” Poetry Analysis Poet Langston Hughes has written many great works including, I, Too. The poem was written in the nineteen twenties when Hughes, along with other African Americans, were facing segregation everywhere. This poem was one of the many pieces that was a part of the Harlem Renaissance, an African American movement in the fine arts. As the piece focuses on the struggles and hope for the future, it was definitely appropriate to be a part of the evolution of African American artists. The poet uses the context of the time period as well as other poets’ work and theme to enhance the poem and help the reader draw meaning and a lasting impact.
“Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas. This poem was a famous example for poetic form called villanelle. It was arranged by two repeating rhymes and two refrains. Using the uppercase word as the refrain and the lowercase word as the rhyme, it was expressed as A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2. However, the poet did not wrote this poem to seek for fame but rather it was for his father, David John Thomas, when he was on the brink of death, urging his father to fight to live and do not give on life easily.
For almost all of his career, he published his own art until “in the 1940s and '50s, with a burgeoning counterculture, that his style of writing came to be more favored by the masses and he gave live readings before full houses,” (E.E. Cummings Biography). When The Dial published 7 of his poems, it gave him an immense audience to influence them to join the movement with his nonconformist style. E.E. Cummings was typically known for his style.