Langston Hughes Poetry

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Langston Hughes, the most memorable figure of the Harlem Renaissance, wrote everything from plays, short stories, novels, and most importantly poetry. Hughes’ writing is based on his personal views on frustration that he had towards the plight of African Americans. Langston has no fear with anything he is involved in and stood up for his people. Unfortunately, his people responded negatively towards his actions, for they thought he was creating more racial tensions. Nevertheless, this was not Hughes’ intentions, and he was proud of his doings. Langston Hughes used his writings to reflect his thoughts about racial oppression, literary movement, and personal experience. First, Langston Hughes expresses his racial oppression through the poem “I, Too.” This poem was written when Langston Hughes was first denied his passage onto a ship because of his color. “I, too, sing America” (1) is the start of Hughes expression over the thoughts of racial inequality. Hughes points out the equality of America and expresses that he too has the right to feel patriotic towards his country as well. “I am the darker brother. / They send me to eat in the kitchen” (2-3) shows how the racial segregation that was held during this time, and shows the aspect of discrimination throughout every piece of their life. Hughes’ wrote, “What happens to a dream deferred?” which is something he refers to the dream of racial equality. In Hughes’ famous poem, “Motto” he discusses his attempt for acceptance of
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