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Neither Langston Hughes nor Maya Angelou were just poets in the world of the twentieth century but instead heroes and leaders who showed the world that race wasnt what made you but whom you are instead Though both grew up during times and events in the world both have similar ideas while also different Though both poets were put down by society neither let what people said get to them Both instead wrote poems about how what people say doesnt matter Maya told those people that despite what you say I will still rise You may write me down in history With your bitter twisted lies You may trod me in the very dirt But still like dust Ill rise You may shoot me with your words You may cut me with your eyes You may kill me with your hatefulness But still like air Ill rise While Langston Hughes told them that know matter what you say or think that he is just as good at all of them and that what they say makes him even stronger in the end I too sing America I am the darker brother They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes But I laugh And grow strong But Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes are not just known as poets but as two people out of many who helped shaped not only the black community but the entire world For example Maya Angelous poem Phenomenal Woman was a poem that inspired any woman to believe that they are phenomenal no matter what they looked like Pretty women wonder where my secret lies Im not cute or built to suit a fashion models size But when I start to tell them They think Im telling lies I say Its in the reach of my arms The span of my hips The stride of my step The curl of my lips Im a woman
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