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Hughes efforts to create a poetry that truly evoked the spirit of Black Americainvolved a resolution of conflicts centering around the problem of identity Smith 358 No African American poet writer and novelist has ever been appreciated by every ethnic society as much as Langston Hughes was Critics argue that Hughes reached that level of prominence because all his works reflected on his lifes experience whether they have been good or bad He never wrote one single literary piece that did not contain an underlying message within the specific work in other words all his works had a definite purpose behind them Providing that the reader has some insight about the life of this great poet he can readily arrive to the conclusion that Hughes life effected his works to the fullest extent even when only breezing through Langston Hughes works Langston Hughes one of the most original and versatile of twentieth-century black writers Shirley 1 was born on February 1st 1902 in Joplin Missouri When Hughes was still a baby his father James Nathaniel Hughes abandoned the family and left for Mexico As soon as she divorced her husband his mother Carrie Langston Hughes a schoolteacher struggling to acquire a permanent job position had to place him under the caring arm of his grandmother Mary Sampson Patterson Leary Hughes grandmother helped inspire in him a devotion to the cause of social justice Rampersad 55 for her first husband died fighting at Harpers Ferry under John Brown and her second husband became a fierce abolitionist Being always a lonely child Hughes turned to reading and poetry early in his life Developing a great respect for writers like Paul Dunbar and Carl Sandburg he soon began writing his own poems Shortly after submitting a few poems to the schools magazine editor Hughes poems could be read by everyone at Central High School a local Cleveland school he was attending After his graduation Hughes attempted to peacefully
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