Langston Hughes Left A Huge Impact Upon The Era

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Langston Hughes, a famous African American who became a very well known poet, novelist, journalist, and playwright throughout his time. During the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes gained fame and respect for his ability to express the Black American experience in his works (“Langston,” para. 4). Langston Hughes was one of the most original and versatile of the twentieth century black writers. Influenced by Laurence Dunbar, Carl Dandburg, and his grandmother Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes; Langston Hughes began writing creatively while he was still a young boy (Avanquest, para 3). Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, and he died in 1967. Hughes was born in Joplin Missouri at the turn of the century in America. Hughes lived... View More »

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These experiences throughout his life shape everyway of Hughes writing style, his poetic rhythm, his stories, short plays and many other things.

During his grammar schooling career, Hughes was designated class poet because white people back in the day knew black people for having style and rhythm. Hughes says later as an adult, his race, African Americans having being stereotyped as having rhythm. Hughes also says he was a victim of this stereotype. Hughes says in his class, there were only two of us Negro kids in the whole class and our English teacher was always stressing the importance of rhythm in poetry. Well, everyone knows except us that all Negroes have rhythm, so they elected me as class poet. During Langston Hughes high school career in Cleveland, Ohio, he wrote for the school paper, edited the yearbook, and began to write his first short stories, poetry, and dramatic plays (“Langston,” para. 2). Hughes first ever jazz poetry was created during this time. It was about this time in his life when he discovered the love for books. He started to develop a love for literature and he continued his works from this point on. From this early period in his life, Hughes would cite as influences on his poetry the American poets Paul Laurence Dunbar and Carl Sandburg (“Langston,” para. 4). These two poets affected Hughes’ works and shaped how Hughes wrote his stories and poems. If it were not for these poets, if it were not for there works, Hughes would not have fallen in love with books.

Langston Hughes spent a brief time with his father in Mexico in 1919. ...

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