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Langston Hughes is considered by many readers to be the most significant black poet of the twentieth century He is described as the beloved author of poems steeped in the richness of African American culture poems that exude Hughess affection for black Americans across all divisions of region class and gender Rampersad 3 His writing was both depressing and uplifting at times His poetry spanning five decades from 1926 to 1967 reflected the changing black experience in America from the Harlem Renaissance to the turbulent sixties At the beginning of his career he was surrounded by the Harlem Renaissance New York City in the 1920s was a place of immense growth and richness in African-American culture and art For Hughes this was the perfect opportunity to establish his poems His early work reflects the happy times of the era However as time progressed he became increasingly bitter and upset over race relations Except for a few examples all his poems from this later period spoke about social injustice in America The somber tone of his writing often reflected his mood Race relations was the shadow of his career following him from his first poem to his last The tone and subject matter of Hughess poetry can be linked to certain points in history and his life The youth of Hughes is brought out by his poem Harlem Night Club a piece which describes living in the moment Often children do not consider the consequences of their actions they act on instinct and desire Hughes might have been 27 when he wrote this poem but the feisty upbeat tempo of a school boy is present in his style Harlem Night Club is unique in that it describes the integration of blacks and whites in an optimistic tone The vigor and spirit of his youth is reflected in the energy of the writing Jazz-band jazz-band Play plAY PLAY Tomorrowwho knows Dance today The repetition
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