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Poetry and the World of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes enchanted the world as he threw the truth of the pain that the Negro society had endured into most of his works He attempted to make it clear that society in America was still undeniably racist For example Conrad Kent Rivers declared Oh if muse would let me travel through Harlem with you as the guide I too could sing of black America Rampersad 297 From his creativity and passion for the subject matter he has been described as one of the most penetrating and captivating writers in the history of humankind He also was described as quite possibly the most grossly misjudged poet of major importance in America Jemie 187 He entrances you into his poetry and at the same time reveals the nitty-gritty truth in modern society His works do not all contain the same attitude but do have the same concepts of the lives of the common black folk ALCU 313 The Negro Speaks of Rivers1 and Harlem A Dream Deferred2 are two examples of Langston Hughes artistry in poetic expression that can be dissimilar while still expressing the same views on the tribulations of African-Americans Harlem A Dream Deferred is short to the point and opens up Langston Hughes world of symbolism In writing this Mr Hughes used symbolism so extensively that when most individuals read it they do not grasp the true intent of each word The images that Hughes conveys in Harlem are sensory domestic earthly like blues images Jemie 78 It possesses an aggressive attitude and displays the harsh reality of the world in which colored people live He uses five objects that almost deceive the reader a raisin a sore meat a sweet and a load Each object is seen from the outside and not fully apprehended Berry 132 Hughes uses personification on the raisin and the sore to force the reader into using an open mind
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