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The paper examines Langston Hughes' poems "Let America Be America Again" and "I, Too, Sing America" that talk about the American Dream and its intrinsic connections with the African-American destiny. The paper shows how his work was influenced by his own life experience, the historical background through which he lived and by his sense of belonging to the African-American tradition. The paper discusses how Hughes' poetry is an essential influence over the subsequent periods through its creativity, style and powerful message.
From the Paper:"Langston Hughes is one of the greatest and most versatile poets of the twentieth century. His voice has defined and influenced his own age as well as the following centuries, imposing new artistic values in the literary world. Hughes is considered to be one of the leading voices of the Harlem Renaissance, the literary movement which aimed at the revival and assertion of the African American culture and its traditions. Naturally, his works are filled with African folklore and important cultural motifs, following the rhythms of the native tradition. But, most of all, Hughes' work is similar to that one of the greatest voices of America: Walt Whitman."
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- Hughes, Langston. "Selected Poems". The Academy of the American Poets. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609, Mar. 23, 2008
- Presley, James. "On 'Let America Be America Again.'" Modern American Poetry. http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hughes/america.htm Mar. 23, 2008.
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