One of the most important literary figure was Langston Hughes. When the “Harlem Renaissance” became popular, Langston Hughes’ influences, style of writing, and themes made him different than the others. Langston Hughes was influenced by people and events. The people that influenced him were Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman.
Throughout the years, numerous talented artists of the modern period have left an indelible mark upon life through their achievements in: art, music, poetry and writing. The modern period was known for its ravishing fashion, a tremendous amount of new cultures, and in music and ethnicity. During this period, famous authors such as W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, and Dylan Thomas made an immense impact and maturation of literature. There have been several events that have taken place in the forming of the modern period. The Harlem Renaissance showed the pain and agony the African Americas faced through the years of the 1900s.
Langston Hughes, the brilliant poet and author of the twentieth century, once wrote that it was the “mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people - the beauty within themselves.” This mission delegated to all artists was no easy task; especially African-Americans who were consistently persecuted and ignored by white supremacists. For example, if you had an idea - an idea that would change the way that people think of you - but were persecuted and attacked for presenting it, would you make that idea a reality? The African-American artists of the 1920s and 1930s went against all oppression and published wonderful works, making them one of the first people of color to openly share their masterpieces in a racist America. This period of mass publication in the 1920s was known as the Harlem Renaissance.
The Black Poet of The Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes was an important and well-known figure in the Harlem Renaissance, which occurred in the 1920s and 1930s. Hughes’ main influences were Paul Laurence Dunbar, Walt Whitman, and Carl Sandburg, all of whom wrote about the lives of African-Americans in the 1960s. Langston Hughes’ works mainly use uplifting words to empower minorities because of their mistreatment in America.
Throughout 1920 and 1940, the Harlem Renaissance flourished. Also known as the “Roaring Twenties” and the “Jazz age,” the Harlem Renaissance's roots came from African American’s culture spreading throughout America, teaching everyone their fun filled life of singing, dancing, and writing. The Jazz industry exploded, introducing performers and writers like Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, and Aaron Douglas to the world (History.com Staff). Women were searching for the more rights and they finally received the gift of a lifetime, the right to vote. In addition, inventions like the airplane were improving exponentially.
Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem: Dream Deferred” and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men share a similar theme. Certain circumstances cause dreams to be impossible to achieve, and all people endure this in different ways. In “Harlem: Dream Deferred”, the speaker suggests that deferred dreams can “crust and sugar over-- / like a syrupy sweet” (Hughes 8-9).
As a by-product of the Great Migration of African Americans to the north, city such as New York became capitals of African American culture. In his book, The History of Jazz, Ted Gioia notes that Harlem specifically became known as the panicle of black culture and high black society during the 1920’s. This period of black cultural development would later be formally known as the Harlem Renaissance. While the Harlem Renaissance is traditionally viewed as boom of African American artisanship and prosperity the truth, especially in regards to jazz history, is that while black culture was booming the quality of living for many African Americans was not. Gioia describes this duality as the two Harlems.
Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the "Harlem Renaissance", because of the number of black writers that was coming up. Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes was best known for describing the black life from the 20s to the 50s, in novels, short-stories, plays, and poems. He was also known for the influence jazz had on all of his creative writings.
People in the Harlem Renaissance Aaron Douglas- graphic artist and painter of the Harlem Renaissance. He illustrated for many of the leading Harlem Renaissance magazines. His style was distinct and was a mix of modernism and African art. He created images of American struggles and were very powerful.
The themes explored in the packet reflect Harlem Renaissance culture in many aspects especially in terms of equality, culture, and sophistication. As a part of the Harlem Renaissance culture, it was noted that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, many southern blacks fled to escape persecution and to find opportunities in northern industrial centers. Blacks wanted to come to the North with hopes that they would find improved working and living conditions compared to the opportunities available in the post war Southern region. As stated in the packet, Harlem came to symbolize a new age of sophistication and urbanity for the blacks in America. Sophistication in the fact that blacks would not have to worry about fighting back against terror, violence