The Writing Style Of Langston Hughes

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An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he must choose.” Freedom of creative expression, whether personal or collective, is one of the many legacies of Hughes, who has been called “the architect” of the black poetic tradition. He is certainly one of the world’s most universally beloved poets, read by children and teachers, scholars and poets, musicians and historians. Langston Hughes became the voice of black America in the 1920s, when his first published poems brought him more than moderate success. Throughout his lifetime, his work encompassed both popular lyrical poems, and more controversial political work, especially during the thirties. He expressed a direct and sometimes…show more content…
Second, Langston Hughes advises the reader to hold onto dreams, "Dreams" is an extremely short poem written in free verse. It is two stanzas long, and the content dictates the form. Hughes instructs his readers to hold on tightly to their dreams because without them, life is a "broken-winged bird that cannot fly." The broken down bird is a physical symbol of the discrimination and struggles that African Americans faced during Hughes 's time. Dreams, however, have no physical limitations. A person dreams are important for maintaining faith as they provide comfort, solace, and hope in a brutal world. The poem “Dream” is written in a simple, spare style, using primarily verbs, adjectives and monosyllabic words, which are one syllable words The rhythmic patterns of the lines follow more of a musical movement, occupying regular number of beats, that a strictly accentual syllabic pattern. The repetitive vocabulary and repeated themes almost remind the reader of nursery rhymes or early spirituals rather than the aim to break the classical and traditional forms. In "Dreams," though, Hughes implies that even if one 's dreams do not come true, a life without hope is truly sad. Next, the poem “Harlem”, sometimes called "A Dream Deferred," explores the consequences of allowing a dream to go unfulfilled. It is a lyric poem with irregular rhyme and an irregular metrical pattern that talks about the white oppression
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