Analysis Of Langston Hughes ' Poem, The Negro Artist And The Racial Mountain ' Essay

1402 WordsOct 29, 20166 Pages
Collectors of poetry are bias. By this I mean that more often than not when poems are selected for collections, the works of classical writers will be prioritized over the works of newer or more untraditional authors. That is not to say that this is a bad thing, there is much that can be and needs to be learned from classical poets. However, it is often overlooked how much other, more unknown writers can contribute to the canon of poetry, especially those influenced by different racial and ethnic backgrounds. To demonstrate my point, in this essay I shall be discussing in detail Langston Hughes and his piece Poem and why it should be included in the Norton Anthology of Poetry. I will contrast and compare it with Christina Rossetti’s Remember, and back up my arguments with selected quotes from Langston Hughes’ essay ‘The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain’. To begin, Langston Hughes’ ‘Poem’ is an example of how few words can still hold a deeper meaning. Using repetition, punctuation, and free verse, Hughes crafted a poem that was elegant yet powerful in its simplicity. I loved my friend. He went away from me. There’s nothing more to say. This poem ends. Soft as it began- I loved my friend An American poet born in 1902 in Missouri, Hughes came from a family with a past closely tied with the fight against slavery in America. In fact, race in America was still to play a large role in his life, and be something that he had a very strong opinion on. And it may be for
Open Document