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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Arnold Rampersad

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Title:The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Authors:Arnold Rampersad
Info:Knopf (1994), Edition: annotated edition, Hardcover, 736 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Poetry, American literature

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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes (1994)



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Wow, are these good! All I knew of him was "The Dream Deferred," so this was an eye-opener. Lots of lovely, lyrical poems that are full of music and sadness. I don't like paperbacks so I got it with the library binding--it seems sturdy enough. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Feb 19, 2016 |
"Hold Fast to Dreams" is a poem about how important dreams are and why we should never let them go.

Personal reaction:
This has always been my favorite poem. It taught me to keep dreams alive.

Classroom extension ideas:
1. Research African American poets.
2. Share other figures from the Harlem Renassiance
  MarissaWilliams | Nov 18, 2013 |
Langston Hughes, a graceful poet full of wit and lonely charm. The book is a straight forward piece of art about racial conflict written in sensible verse. You will wish you knew him in the flesh after reading these poems. Brilliant. ( )
  bjeans | Apr 3, 2013 |
One of the key aspects in Langston higes short story, “On the Road,” is the imagery put forward of Sargeant holding onto the church while being pulled and beaten away from it. Churches are supposed to be open places to all people who are calling for sanctuary, and Sargeant knows this, however the white people in the story do not believe that a black man should be able to go into “their” church. The symbolism of the white people pulling him off the church is important because turning people away in a time of need is a contradiction to Christian values, and reveals the racial beliefs and prejudices during this time. I think that Hughes’ was trying to make a point when we as the reader finds out in the end that the church collapsing was all a dream and that it really did not happen. I think he was trying to show the contradiction between what was happening during this time, and what was on the horizon to change. The destruction of the church in Sargeant’s dream signifies the result of discrimination and racial injustice that was still going on even after there was supposed equality, or fairness through things like the Jim Crowe Laws. By “saving” Jesus from the cross, Hughes is showing the irony of the church being destroyed, mainly because it was the discrimination and racial injustice that destroyed it. This shows the contradictions of the Christian belief system that is supposedly open to all and caring towards all in need, as seen by the stone image of Jesus, and the close-mindedness of the white “Christians”, and how they do not connect properly with each other. I think that this was one of the main points that Hughes was trying to make.
  robin169 | Feb 19, 2011 |
In Langston Hughes’ short story, “On The Road,” there are many underlying metaphors to racial prejudices. These metaphors are not overtly portrayed but when one looks at the story with an analytical eye it is possible to connect the snow to that of the white people oppressing the blacks. Sergeant, the protagonist in the story, is a black man looking for shelter. He is turned away by the minister, arrested when attempting to sleep in the church, all of which show how black people have been mistreated in the past. He turns to religious establishments in an attempt to find kindness, food, and shelter, but receives none. Instead he is belittled and arrested. Hughes tells how Christ is on his way to Kansas City when he encounters Sergeant, which can be interpreted to say that he is going to Kansas City to be surrounded by people looking for work. This is a place where people are kind and appreciative unlike where he was originally. Human kind has many faults and they are really tested when people come to them asking for help. It is so much easier to arrest someone and put them in prison rather than deal with the actual problem and attempt to give them long-term help.
  newar100 | Feb 19, 2011 |
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Langston Hughesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Rampersad, ArnoldEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roessel, DavidEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scheier, PamelaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tan, VirginiaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar. -- [Hughes] is sumptuous and sharp, playful and sparse, grounded in an earthy music -- This book is a glorious revelation." -- Boston Globe Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman. Here, for the first time, are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime, arranged in the general order in which he wrote them and annotated by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel. Alongside such famous works as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and Montage of a Dream Deferred, The Collected Poems includes the author's lesser-known verse for children; topical poems distributed through the Associated Negro Press; and poems such as "Goodbye Christ" that were once suppressed. Lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical, the result is a treasure of a book, the essential collection of a poet whose words have entered our common language.… (more)

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