Langston Hughes was a poet, author, and civil rights movement leader who was born in Missouri, on February 1st, 1902. His most famous piece of work is his poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. Hughes tells a story throughout the course of his writing, especially in two other poems called “I, Too” and “Refugee in America”. These three poems play hand in hand in figuring out Hughes life journey. His life journey helps people have an understanding about what others went through as well as reflecting on the past and changing it.
The poem “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes is an argument for racial equality that describes the struggle of an African American individual being included in American patriotism. In the poem, the speaker describes that he is sent to eat in the kitchen when guests arrive; he eats well, though, so that tomorrow he may join the others at the table. In the last few lines Hughes describes that “they” in the poem will eventually see the speaker’s beauty and feel embarrassed, because he, “too, is America.” My initial problem in analyzing the poem was that I assumed that the images in the work had to represent something else metaphorically, specifically when considering the second and third stanzas of the poem, which contain a juxtaposition
American novelist, poet, and playwright Langston Hughes was born in Joplin Missouri in February 1902. Soon after he was born, his parents separated, and his father moved away to Mexico. He was raised by his maternal grandmother, until her death. After she died, he began to write poetry and Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg were major early influences in his work. After he graduated from high school in 1920 Hughes spent the next year with his father in Mexico.
Langston Hughes is an African-American poet whose poems and short stories are based off of his own experiences as a slave during the early to mid-20th century. Langston Hughes’ most notable poems, “Let America Be America Again”, “I, Too, Sing America”, and “A Dream Deferred”, represent not only Langston Hughes’ viewpoint on segregation and discrimination, but also show how his perspective of Civil Rights changed somewhat throughout the years. As Langston Hughes grew older, his poems became more symbolic, less blunt, and shorter to better represent African Americans’ struggle and strength. The first poem, “Let America Be America Again”, was written in 1935 and is the longest and most direct about its delivery.
The Harlem Renaissance was a time of free expression, of trying to forget the goings on of the Great Depression and to also try to move on after WWI. The cultural and artistic explosion is something that is remembered many years later as a fruitful time for African-American music, art, and poetry. Quite a bit of it is based off of the racial discrimination that was aimed towards blacks, and a way of revolting without actually revolting was to express oneself as much as possible. The poetry, music, and art that came forth from the Harlem Renaissance is revered, and had very much impact on today's cultural and social habits. The Harlem Renaissance, also known as the New Negro Movement, was a time to express yourself and, through different
After the end of World War I, America entered a new age of cultural and artistic growth. One area in particular, Harlem, New York, became the cornerstone of an African American movement called the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance spanned across all of the arts embracing and presenting African American culture. This movement experienced the beginnings of numerous influential African American writers and works. One of these important writers was Langston Hughes.
The American Dream is this idea that every American has an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. Each citizen is had earned to live a happy life in America. In the poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes, it is stated that the American Dream is non-existent. Many may think it is there an American Dream, however, it is just an idea that has never been conceived. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the American Dream is present; however it is very hard for one to achieve.
Connections The poems “Theme for English B,” “I, Too,” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” have a strong interrelated theme. In “I, Too” and “Theme for English B,” the narrators speak of the social injustices that are in the world and how they and their communities are affected by them; yet, they speak of how they and their oppressors are one and the same and someday the much needed social change will come. “Theme for English B” states “You are white-yet as part of me, as I am a part of you.” This statement is cemented in “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” in which the narrator links all people together by marking the dawn of mankind and progressing through time, showing how they all came from the same place, and the other two suggest the paradox when some are treated as inhuman.
A greedy, money-consuming, and lethargic person most likely comes to mind when one thinks of the characteristics of an American. We have somehow managed to earn the stereotype that we abuse our freedom and use it to our advantage. While this may be true to a certain extent, it seems people always forget the positive connotations that contribute to the qualities of a true American. The freedom the United States has is something we gained through hard work and dedication and is nothing to be taken for granted. Despite the stereotypical definition it is most commonly deceived as, an American is someone who supports and lives through the ideas of equality, patriotism, freedom and society while overcoming everyday diversity.
Langston Hughes was a very famous poet but also a dreamer during the 1920s when discrimination and racism were main problems in the society. He was a civil right activist who proposed the idea of equal opportunities between all races by writing poems, books, and playwrights; many of his famous literatures affected Americans in many crucial ways. Hughes’s main idea against the society was equality however he discovered that it is difficult to change people’s “norms” and stereotypes. Therefore, his humorous and serious type of writing effectively appealed to many audiences which eventually played a big role of achieving racial equality and equal opportunities.