Hughes lets the reader know about historic experiences of blacks to show us the impact that blacks have had in past eras.
His literary heritage consists of more than 50 works.
His mother moved from town to town in search of work, trying different positions of a waitress, a typist or a secretary. Hughes himself began to look for part-time jobs since elementary school. Inhe graduated from high school and studied at the Columbia University for one winter.
Then he worked as a waiter, a clerk, an elevator operator, a porter and a bellhop.
He sailed twice to Africa and Holland as a cabin boy on a cargo ship; lived in France and Italy. However, at last, inhe returned to Washington. He became a professional writer but did not become financially secure for life. There are several periods in the works of Hughes, though the main feature remains the same — the nation, which rebels against racial discrimination.
It is a short essay, which became a proclamation and symbol of the Harlem Renaissance. The main idea of the essay is that black writers have just as much right to become famous as the white ones.
The black writers just had to stop copying the works and ideas of the white writers and try to create something new and unique. One black writer once approached Hughes and said that he would like to become a real poet, not a Negro poet.
To Hughes it meant that this writer wanted to lose his racial identity and become white. In his essay, Langston encouraged black writers to be proud of themselves, and helped them to find their inner beauty and bring it out in their writing.
Let's get your assignment out of the way.The Negro Speaks of Rivers Langston Hughes, - I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. Langston Hughes became the voice of black America in the s, when his first published poems brought him more than moderate success.
Throughout his lifetime, his work encompassed both popular lyrical poems, and more controversial political work, especially during the thirties. When Langston Hughes was writing "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," he was most influenced by the work of Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman.
He particularly cited Whitman's “Song of Myself” as an inspiration for the longer lines in “Negro.”. The Negro Speaks of Rivers" connects the soul of the African-American community to four great rivers in the Middle East, Africa, and America.
"As I Grow Older" It was a long time ago. Search in the poems of Langston Hughes: Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist.
He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. -- Langston Hughes An artist in the truest sense of the word, Langston Hughes was quite simply a literary genius.
Born on February 1, , in Joplin, Missouri, James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist.