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Theme for a Life Langston Hughes was one of the greatest black poets not just poet but black poet ever to live Langston Hughes was proud of his heritage and he was proud of his color He did not want the title of poet but that of black poet Hughes in an essay titled The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain speaks of black writers and poets who surrender racial pride in the name of a false integration He doesnt want to be mistaken for a white poet He writes We younger Negro artists now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame If white people are pleased then we are glad If they are not it doesnt matter We know we are beautiful And ugly tooIf colored people are pleased we are glad If they are not their displeasure doesnt matter either The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain p 2 This is a constant theme expressed in his poetry In his poem Theme for English B Hughes wonders So will my page be colored that I write Being me it will not be white Hughes was a powerful black writer who always spoke out in a black voice to help his people through his writing Hughes grew up in a black abolitionist family He learned early on the importance of standing up for himself and his beliefs He was not afraid to speak out against the injustices he saw or the hate he was treated with Hughes became one of the prime figures in the Harlem Renaissance through the force of his writing He spoke out with a black voice Through his confidence others drew the strength to write and publish their works also Hughes saw the strength of his people and the beauty they contained I tried to write poems like the songs they sang on Seventh Streetthese songs had the pulse beat of the
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