Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Langston Hughes
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Hughes was 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."

Biography

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... more »

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  • ''I was so sick last night I
    Didn't hardly know my mind.
    So sick last night I
    Didn't know my mind.
    I drunk some bad licker that
    Almost made me blind.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Morning After (l. 1-6). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
  • ''Way Down South in Dixie
    (Break the heart of me)
    They hung my black young lover
    To a cross roads tree.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Song for a Dark Girl (l. 1-4). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
  • ''Love is a naked shadow
    On a gnarled and naked tree.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Song for a Dark Girl (l. 11-12). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
  • ''I swear to the Lord
    I still can't see
    Why Democracy means
    Everybody but me.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet, author. The Black Man Speaks, Jim Crow's Last Stand (1943).
  • ''here
    to this college on the hill above Harlem
    I am the only colored student in my class.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Theme for English B (l. 8-10). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
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  • Addison Deets Addison Deets (3/17/2016 9:38:00 AM)

    Langston Hughes is one of the best poets ever

  • Greg Washington (3/2/2016 11:49:00 AM)

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  • Carter Marie (1/28/2016 5:50:00 PM)

    this a poem that my bestfriend and i resite when tone of us is upset

  • Chicken Finger (1/22/2016 2:06:00 AM)

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  • Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (11/26/2015 8:47:00 AM)

    good piece of work.
    i like it

  • Duncan Stephen (11/21/2015 6:56:00 AM)

    Very touching poem about a mother's love to her son.

  • Jack Phillips Jack Phillips (10/21/2015 9:22:00 AM)

    langston hughes is my biggest inspiration he is like how i write my poetry

  • Rosalyn Byrd (9/4/2015 12:25:00 AM)

    Looking for the title of the book which has Langston Hughes poem - The Negro Mother.
    Would like to purchase the book if not to costly.
    Thanks for any help given

  • Prakash mohanty (8/24/2015 9:29:00 PM)

    Thanks !!!

  • Langston Hughes (3/24/2015 8:41:00 AM)

    I admire this article, but I did more than start a poetry revolution. I also cared for the ponies stationed at the shoppe and tended to Benjamin Franklin's cats whenever he so pleased. I also rock climbed skydived, and invented the toilet.

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