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Langston Hughes

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Sarah Records

on 24 September 2012

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Langston Hughes 1902-1967 Snippet 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. Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world. The Dream Keeper Dreams James Mercer Langston Hughes Published Works Technique Use Langston in the
Classroom! 1902-1967 Poet, Novelist, & Playwright
Influenced by Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, and D.E.B. Du Bois
Key figure in the Harlem Renaissance
Graduated from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in 1929
Published more than 35 books & hated "long novels [and] narrative poems"
Founded black theatre groups in Harlem, Chicago, and Los Angeles Themes Racial Relationships in the US
The everyday life of an African American
Portrayal of people whose lives were impacted by racism, prejudice, sexual conflicts, poverty
Southern violence
Harlem street life Rhythmical language often set to music "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," in Crisis (1921)
The Weary Blues (1926)
Fine Clothes to the Jew (1927)
Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)
The Panther and the Lash (1967) Poems/Books of Verses Novels/Books Plays The Golden Piece (1921)
The Mulatto (1935) Not Without Laughter (1930)
Famous American Negroes (1954)
Simple Speaks His Mind (1950) Social Studies English/Language Arts Fine Arts/Music Harlem Renaissance
Civil Rights Rhythm in Poetry Jazz
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