Essay Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes

James Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He was named after his father, but it was later shortened to just Langston Hughes. He was the only child of James and Carrie Hughes. His family was never happy so he was a lonely youth. The reasons for their unhappiness had as much to do with the color of their skin and the society into which they had been born as they did with their opposite personalities. They were victims of white attitudes and discriminatory laws. They moved to Oklahoma in the late 1890s. Although the institution of slavery was officially abolished racial discrimination and segregation persisted.
Langston Hughes parents then separated. Since his mother moved from city to city in
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Reed. He also used street talk and the blues. Hughes poetry began to reflect images of black experiences; also captured in Romare Bearden’s After Church. He wrote his famous poem When Sue Wears Red, to one of his high school sweet hearts. A lot of his early poems focused on how it felt to be black. When Hughes moved to Harlem in 1921, the district was in the process of becoming heavily populated by blacks.
Hughes arrived in New York City in September 4,1921, he was only nineteen years old. His year of study at Columbia University in New York was not an especially happy one for him, as life at the Ivy League school offered its share of troubling racial encounters. In May of 1922, Hughes found out that his father had a stroke and was in critically ill. Countee Cullen went from being Hughes’ close friend to his chief poetic rival as the two poets differed in their opinions of what it is that their poetry should try to accomplish. Hughes poetry was steadily being published throughout 1922. One night in March 1923, in a Harlem blues club, he began writing The Weary Blues. The poem expressed his desire to capture black music and speech in his poetry.
Hughes left New York on June13, 1923, heading to the west coast of Africa. During Hughes visit to Africa in 1923, he was as impressed with the openness of the people there he was with the wild style of dress. In a kind of depressed frame of mind, he wrote, I, Too, Sing America, one of his most powerful and best-known

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