Giving A Voice : Langston Hughes, An American Poet And Social Activist

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Giving a Voice to the Voiceless Langston Hughes is an American poet and social activist. Hughes’ poems tend to resonate with the majority of his readers because he discusses topics that transcend time. Hughes wrote his poetry so eloquently that his poetry can be interpreted in many different ways depending on the reader’s personal background and what they bring to the reading. Even today his readers can connect to his poetry because he discusses subjects that we are faced with today, such as identity issues. Hughes is known for focusing on issues that were confronting the nation during his time. Hughes used his African-American roots to highlight the themes of his poems. Hughes’ poems provide a critique of relations between blacks and whites in America. He does this by discussing various societal events throughout history and he key roles black people have played in these events. The power of one race over another is a theme in Hughes’ poems that demonstrates the injustice of racial inequality. Hughes uses the topic of suffrage throughout his poetry to show the plight of black people as they seek to have freedom and a voice in society. The American Dream is another topic that Hughes uses to establish the relations between blacks and whites and their desire for attaining their dreams. The power of one race over another is a theme in Hughes’ poems that demonstrates the injustice of racial inequality. In the poem “Negro” Hughes says, “I’ve been a victim: The

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