Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Langston Hughes
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an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."

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Ancestry and Childhood

Both of Hughes' paternal and maternal great-grandmothers were African-American, his maternal great-grandfather was white and of Scottish descent. A paternal great-grandfather was of European Jewish descent. Hughes's maternal grandmother Mary Patterson was of African-American, French, English and Native American descent. One of the first ... more »

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Giant Medieval Sword (2/10/2015 9:59:00 PM)

    Baby got Black.

  • Rookie - 20 Points Master Splinter (2/10/2015 6:21:00 PM)

    he was black and so am I

  • Rookie - 14 Points Swagger Mcjagger (1/30/2015 11:42:00 AM)

    He looks like my uncle. My uncle was a great man but everything changed after the incident

  • Rookie - 141 Points Marques De Valia (9/30/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    Negroes - Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day - They change their mind. - Langston Hughes

  • Rookie S B (5/5/2014 5:40:00 PM)

    I really like his poem Acceptance

  • Rookie Dulip Madhasekara (1/30/2014 9:00:00 AM)

    When I read 'Dreams' i feel that he wrote about me.....

  • Rookie - 47 Points p.a. noushad (9/7/2013 12:07:00 AM)

    Dear Langston Hughes, your verses touch my heart deeply.

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  • Rookie Vineet Chhikara (5/27/2013 1:40:00 AM)

    Have a look at my poems... and rate them... i am sure you will like them.... :)

  • Rookie Alan Sugar (8/30/2012 7:58:00 AM)

    Poem for Langston Hughes

    Thunder is seldom so soft as when his sounds are spoken.
    That bird climbs on to life- to life! Its wings have never broken.

    Those wings will take it to a place where crystal stairs have passed.
    That barren field of frozen snow will flourish with dreams at last.

    Hold fast!
    Hold fast.!

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Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

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