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Transcript of Langston Hughes
Eng.12 Ms. Padden
What He Thought and Expressed in Poetry
- February 1, 1902
- May 22, 1967 From complications with cancer
What do "Hughes" think about Poets and Poetry?
Hughes started writing poetry after he and his mother moved to Cleaveland, Ohio.
Here he was introduced to Walt Whitman
and Carl Sandburg.
After graduating in 1920 he moved to Mexico with
his father and published "
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
". This piece was highly praised.
In 1924 he returned to the U.S. and worked other
jobs such as a bus boy. It was here that he met an
American Poet whom referred his work.
Can be anybody
(I am ashamed for the black poet who
says,) "I want to be a poet not a
Must be fearless
"An artist must be free to choose what he
does, certainly, but he must also never
be afraid to do what he might choose."
Accepting of Nonacceptance
" We build our temples for tomorrow, strong
as we know how, and we stand on top of the
mountain, free within ourselves."
-The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
By: Langston Hughes
More simply put
Anyone who embraces themselves and writes how they write, not how other people write, is a poet.
They portray themselves in their work with out particularly caring what others think.
They write with freedom and they write what they
He wrote with, "Freedom of creative expression, whether personal or collective.."
"He expressed a direct and sometimes even pessimistic approach to race relations, and he focused his poems primarily on the lives of the working class."
"Hughes wrote poems about ordinary people leading ordinary lives, and about a world that few could rightly call beautiful, but that was worth loving and changing."
Poetry is a free, creative expression
He stressed that poetry can be
about anything. It can be simple and
Poetry has a focus; a purpose
What is a Poet? What is Their Role
1.) The American ideal is that if you aren't white your ideas, your literature and what ever else aren't as good. " this urge within the race toward whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into the mold of American standardization, and to be as little Negro and as much American as possible." (The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain )
2.) Poetry can be written and read by whomever.
Not just "white" people. It was entirely too difficult
for people who aren't white to be appreciated. "A very high mountain indeed for the would-be racial artist to climb in order to discover himself and his people."
Writing is an expression of yourself, and your beliefs. It is to please yourself before anyone else. If others like what you create then it's great, if not it's nothing to dwell on. "We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, it doesn't matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too."
Poetry is sincere and explanatory. "I am as sincere as I know how to be in these poems and yet after every reading I answer questions like these from my own people: Do you think Negroes should always write about Negroes? I wish you wouldn't read some of your poems to white folks.
Poetry reflects inner beauty. Accept that which you possess. "And they accept what beauty is their own without question...We know we are beautiful."
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
During this time white ideas in literature and in everything is better that an colored persons.
Poetry can be written or read by anybody.
Poetry expresses who you are. Do not rate your work based on the opinion of others.
Writing is sincere.
As a unique individual you are beautiful.
My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black?
By: Langston Hughes
1 tsp. Sincerity
1 cup Truth
1/2 tsp. Vernacular language of 1920
1 cup opinion
1 cup fact
a sprinkle of jazz
2 cups of simplicity
Mix thoroughly and add the Sincerity and truth. Add vernacular language slowly while mixing on high speed. If you add too much it will make the poem seem dull and grammatically incorrect. Poor in the opinion and fact. Sprinkle in the jazz. Fold in the simplicity carefully, not too fast and do not add too much. We want the overall flavor to intrigue not bore. The mixture will need to be If it seems too dry add in 4 drops of Exact Extract and Refrigerate.
He's Got Style
- Political and Racial Writing
- Rhymed on and off
-Used imperfect language
- Culturally influenced
This dream I dreampt
the night before
made me wonder somethin'
should I wake up tomorrow
and do something real
or go to sleep and do nothin'
its time to get up
we need to make a change
we aren't the problem
its the stereotype of race
Gates Jr., Dr. Henry Louis . "Writer Langston Hughes used many styles." Welcome To The Black Box, Personal Narratives in High Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. <http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/writer-langston-hughes-used-many-styles>.
"Langston Hughes." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/83
"Langston Hughes Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <http://www.biography.com/people/langston-hughes-9346313>.
Poet: Langston Hughes - All poems of Langston Hughes. "Poet: Langston Hughes - All poems of Langston Hughes." Poemhunter.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. <http://www.poemhunter.com/langston-hughes/>.