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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (1959)

by Langston Hughes

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Hughes identified it as his mission as a writer "to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America." His poetry was heavily influenced by black oral tradition, jazz, and folklore, and he continually attempted to mirror the black experience, in all its diversity, in his work.
  callmewhatyoulike | Jun 27, 2010 |
The beauty and impact of Hughes's poetry holds you long after you finish reading. Dynamic and powerful. ( )
  Kquinata | Dec 5, 2009 |
I first encountered Langston Hughes's poems in school, either in history or English class. I really liked his vivid, familiar style both then and now. Hughes's poems are so musical they feel they should be sung, and his voice feels very present, as if he is talking directly to you. He writes about everyday life and ordinary people, race and identity, politics and religion. This is what makes him such a beloved poet. At once relevant and wistful, Langston Hughes is one poet who should be read by everyone. ( )
6 vote Mialro | Sep 10, 2009 |
Langston Hughes poetry is so alive. One of my favorite poets. ( )
  LeHack | Apr 8, 2007 |
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With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.  The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night."  They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture.  They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror-- and the marrow of the bone of life."

The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America."  It gives us a poet of extraordinary range, directness, and stylistic virtuosity.

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Langston Hughes's poetry launched a revolution among black writers in America. The poems in this volume were chosen by Hughes shortly before his death in 1967 and encompass work from his entire career.

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