Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes Biography

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. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."


Ancestry and Childhood

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Langston Hughes Poems


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

As I Grew Older

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,

Mother To Son

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk

Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--

Langston Hughes Quotes

11 November 2014

Babies and gin and church And women and Sunday All mixed with dimes and Dollars and clean spittoons And house rent to pay.

11 November 2014

Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.

11 November 2014

Brown sugar lassie, Caramel treat, Honey-gold baby Sweet enough to eat. Peach-skinned girlie,

11 November 2014

They'll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed— I, too, am America.

11 November 2014

I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes,

Langston Hughes Comments

Alan Sugar 30 August 2012

Poem for Langston Hughes Thunder is seldom so soft as when his sounds are spoken. That bird climbs on to life- to life! Its wings have never broken. Those wings will take it to a place where crystal stairs have passed. That barren field of frozen snow will flourish with dreams at last. Hold fast! Hold fast.!

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p.a. noushad 07 September 2013

Dear Langston Hughes, your verses touch my heart deeply.

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Jaya Wasteneys 11 July 2012

Langston was a true poet. His poetry was a denial of everything he'd been told about himself and his people, and the truest expression of spirit that I've ever read.

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Vineet Chhikara 27 May 2013

Have a look at my poems... and rate them... i am sure you will like them.... :)

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William Sebastien 09 July 2012

i love the poem...about civil war

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