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Poetry in Motion - Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was a poet that lived from 1902-1967 He was a very distinguished poet of the Harlem Renaissance the great out pouring of african-american art The poetry of Langston Huges is very different yet it held the readers attention As a poet he defines his role as a poet Hughes has a very unconventional style subjectcontent and language though he gives his intended messages in the same way as the poets of the past have done Langston Hughes created most of his works in or about Harlem New York His poetry was almost musical It had a distinct rhythm and a flow to the words contained in the lines He spoke of the issues and life of the black race and its plight They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes But I laughAnd grow strong Lines 3-8 The blues was such a prominent part of his life that he dropped out of Columbia University after two semesters to pursue the night life of Harlem Though at times Langston was a radical writer and addressed the issues with force he also expressed great pride in being black and having a culture such as it He was very proud and his poetry reflected that He is known as a figure of hope in the black races eyes his poem inspired pride and strngth in most african americans who also struggle with the plight of racism and segregation He was very influential famed authors such as Lorraine Hansberry derived the title to her award winning play A Raisin in the Sun 1959 from one of Hughes poems He in turn was very influenced by Walt Whitman and honored him in one of his poems Old Walt Whitman Went finding and seeking
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