The Works of Langston Hughes Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Works of Langston Hughes
A look at the significance of the works of Langston Hughes.
# 120069 | 1,381 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper examines Langston Hughes' poetry and what it meant to two quintessentially African-American phenomena, jazz and the fight against racism. The paper shows how Hughes eloquently gave voice to the African-American racial horrors and cultural excesses.

The Real Langston Hughes
His Work

From the Paper:

"Langston Hughes (1902-1967), called by many the poet laureate of Black America, died 38 years ago. He wrote in a voice "that was definitively African-American and defiantly pro-Black. Yet he spoke to all people--about about freedom, about dignity, about Black mothers and fathers, about Black American life and loves and dreams" and "His voice still rsonates today" (Whitaker, 2002, p. 70+).
"Part of the reason for his popularity might be found by explicating his poetry itself (Kennedy and Gioia, 2004). While that would, as Kennedy and Gioia note, tell us what the poetry was about, it might even help to put it into context. But looking for the essence of Langston Hughes not through his poetry per se but rather through what it meant to two quintessentially African-American phenomena--jazz and the fight against racism--might be more revealing still. It would be a mistake, as Whitaker points out, to assume Langston Hughes' work speaks only to African Americans. Hughes "wrote for the common man. He speaks in a common voice. And even thou he uses Black culture as his base, no one can hear a Hughes poem and not be moved" (2002, p. 70+)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dawahare, Anthony. "Langston Hughes's Radical Poetry and the "End of Race"." MELUS 23.3 (1998): 21. Questia. 16 Oct. 2005 <>.
  • Fitzgerald, Sharon. "The Glorious Walk of Marion Williams." American Visions Dec.-Jan. 1993: 48+. Questia. 16 Oct. 2005 <>.
  • Gioia, Dana and X.J. Kennedy. "Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama," Ninth Edition (Hardcover)" (2004) Longman.
  • Hokanson, Robert O'Brien. "Jazzing It Up: The Be-Bop Modernism of Langston Hughes." Mosaic (Winnipeg) 31.4 (1998): 61+. Questia. 16 Oct. 2005 <>.
  • Janken, Kenneth R. "African American and Francophone Black Intellectuals during the Harlem Renaissance." The Historian 60.3 (1998): 487+. Questia. 16 Oct. 2005 <>.

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