Langston Hughes Influence

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"Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” - Langston Hughes. And that's just it, plain and simple. For an African American in the 1900s, life was no walk in the park. For years the world barely heard their silent voices as they are discriminated against and pushed aside by society. However, the world has changed. These voices are no longer whispers but shouts and scolds to America. Now, there have been alterations, rebuttals, and rebukes against their discrimination, but how much more effort must be put into their voice to show the struggle and frustration that stirs up in their lives? Unfortunately, very much so, but each voice that stands up and speaks can change the way others view the black community and…show more content…
Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the rising literary art form called jazz poetry. Many people grew to know the famous poet as he arose from the Harlem Renaissance, as other African American literalists did. Hughes created a different type of style to poetry. He mixed the black culture and jazz into his works and expressed his frustration and the point of views of African Americans. Langston Hughes was going to have a big impact on the African American culture. Hughes grew up without a father, moving around with his mother. However, he was raised mainly by his grandmother, Mary, who died in his early teens. After his grandmother’s death, he went on to live on with his mother and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Later on he would begin writing poetry and was introduced by his teacher to Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, who were primary influences to Hughes’ writing. Hughes was also a regular writer to his school's magazine. He also frequently submitted to other poetry magazines but would often be rejected by them. And little by little he grew his style of writing and went on the road of becoming the renowned poet the world would soon know(Langston…show more content…
New eras and styles brought up new literalist who then brought different views on the topics they were passionate about. In the 1900’s, an African American’s life was no walk in the park. They were still seemed as less by other white Americans and looked down upon in society. But poets and other writers like Langston Hughes helped eradicate the growth of discrimination and expressed the beauty of the black culture. With his own unique style, Hughes showed America that he, as well as all black Americans, have a voice and they will use it and fight for equal
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