Langston Hughes

I’ve been meaning to do a blog on Hughes for about a week now but it has always been delayed by something coming up. While limitations on my ime certainly played a role, so did my belief that I wouldn’t have much to say about Langston. This is despite enjoying his poetry and having his “Madam” poems be the focus of my Master’s Project.  The idea of summing up Langston Hughes in a blog post and doing him justice while sparking the interest of others to read his work has seemed as something that is simply out of my league.

So instead of rambling on about his past (and how he was one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaisance), listing his publishings (though The Weary Blues should be required reading for any lover of poetry), his awards (like his 2002 naming as one of the 100 greatest African Americans by Molefi Kete Asante) and those he has influenced (whose list would likely be too great for this blog).  For all of that, and more, I would direct everyone to the links at the bottom of the blog. They are full of all of this information and more, including more links to more work by and about Langston Hughes.

For this blog, I would simply like to say that in a fairly mediocre slash course during my MA days, Langston Hughes was a welcomed subject. His poems are effortlessly recite, their wonderously simple wordings masking the incredible depths of their insight. He wasn’t just an “African American Poet” but a People’sPoet whose topics today can be related to across great swaths of society. So if you get the chance, give him a chance.  

Langston Hughes Wiki Pages

Poets.org pages for Langston Hughes

Poetry Foundation Page for Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes Blog

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