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Influences of the Harlem Renaissance on Hughess poemsThe Influences of the Harlem RenaissanceHarlem renaissance was a historical event that took place within and expressed the African American culture During this period black literature began to rise in New York City The Harlem Renaissance was a state of mind rather than a concrete movement or even a creative community Since the Harlem Renaissance reflects the past the tradition of call and response and the ways it shapes narrative voice and expresses certain political values is the main focus The Harlem Renaissance was an explosive black cultural awakening in social and political expression as well as in fine arts music theater and literature Within this literary movement black writers expressed feelings of social and political unrest and attempted to define the Negro experience in a manner which would integrate the Negros rural heritage with his or her new urban experience Furthermore the Harlem Renaissance is an intensely successful act of national self-definition which was built on the foundation by Booker T Washington and WEB DuBois Langston Hughes was a very talented artist during the Harlem Renaissance Period Although Hughes was talented in theater short story and prose he considered himself a poet first As a poet he wrote about his desire for African Americans to have equality in the American society For example he wrote about being seduced by the American dream of freedom and equality only to be denied its realization Furthermore as he continued to write about the people he worked with many black intellectuals denounced him for portraying unsophisticated aspects of lower class life Hughes was an important literary artist and a leading African American voice of the twentieth century He expressed his African American heritage in his writings and wrote about black experiences Another characteristic of Hughes poems is he devoted his career to portraying the urban experience of working-class blacks Most of his poetry focused on the men and women he saw
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