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Langston Hughes born February 1 1902 to a wealthy family eventually falling upon hard times jumping from one place to another only to rise and become one of the foremost leaders of jazz poetry known today He received critical attention for his poetry For decades literary scholars of all nationalities recited the works of Langston Hughes he was the embodiment of Afrocentrism in the world of poetryNegro by Langston Hughes is insightful in his elucidation of what African Americans or in his era were called Black People endured dealing with bigotry and violence due to the color of their skin Some also felt that blacks were not human and their worth was only for servitudeHughes poem in a few words has given the history of black peoples tribulations from the beginning of early slavery leading up to the Harlem renaissance period of the 1920s when racial pride was at its heightened awareness and articulated through various forms of music art and poetry as a way to fight racism and push for equal opportunities such as jobs education and housingAs I recited his poem repeatedly I began to admire Langston Hughes for his play on words such as sweeping Caesars steps the cutting off of his hands in the Congo and the unrelenting brutal persecution as Hughes writes about being lynched still in Mississippi portrayed how blacks were victims of all sorts of horrific atrocitiesHughes used such elements as setting and situation speaker tone and diction images and symbols such as Washingtons boots and the Woolworth Structure pointing out countless roles black people held throughout historyThe usage of various symbols to stress the importance of images such as the construction of pyramids denotes the architectural knowledge blacks used also the use of the word Negro has a symbolic connotationHughes uses images to emphasize the subjugation that blacks were experiencing such as Black as the night is black gives the reader the impression that the color of
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