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Langston Hughes

Poetry Project based on the life of Langston Hughes and the analysis of his poem "Dream Variations"

Ellis Andrews

on 10 June 2010

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Langston Hughes Dream Variations Joplin, Missouri
Birth and Rejection in 1902 Hospital in Harlem- 1967
Lonliness and Death Lawrence Kansas,
Tales of Abolitionist Ancestors
Columbia University- 1921
Square Peg in a Round Hole Lincoln University- 1926
Education is Over Harlem
Resistance and Awakening Europe and Africa
Singin' the Blues Harlem
Suppourt System
16 books of poetry
2 novels
7 collections
2 autobiographies
4 nonfiction books
10 children's books
25+ plays As a result of one trip to africa... To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me-
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done
Rest at pale evening...
A tall, slim tree...
Night coming tenderly
Black like me. Back to Africa Movement Working world controlled by white men Duality of A Dream Encompassing Polar Opposites Black Culture, Black Americans Confrontation Gentle Confrontation "His work explores the humor and the pathos, the exhiliration and the despair, of black American life in ways that are sometimes conventional and sometimes unique." "Always, too, Hughes examined the paradox of being black in mostly white America, of being not qute free in the land of freedom." "The poetry of Langston Hughes is charged with life, and love, even when it cries out against the injustice of the world. . . .he captured the escence of the complexity of a life that mixes laughter and tears, joy and frustration, and still manages to sing and dance with the spirit of humanity." Audra McDonald
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