Langston Hughes Poems
- Dreams Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a ...
- As I Grew Older It was a long time ago. I have almost ...
- Mother To Son Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't ...
- April Rain Song Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon...
- I, Too I, too, sing America. I am the darker ...
- Cross My old man's a white old man And my old mother's ...
- Democracy Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ...
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
Both of Hughes' paternal and maternal great-grandmothers were African-American, his maternal great-grandfather was white and of Scottish descent. A paternal great-grandfather was of European Jewish descent. Hughes's maternal grandmother Mary Patterson was of African-American, French, English and Native American descent. One of... more »
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''I was so sick last night ILangston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Morning After (l. 1-6). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
Didn't hardly know my mind.
So sick last night I
Didn't know my mind.
I drunk some bad licker that
Almost made me blind.''
''Way Down South in DixieLangston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Song for a Dark Girl (l. 1-4). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
To a cross roads tree.''
''Love is a naked shadowLangston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Song for a Dark Girl (l. 11-12). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
On a gnarled and naked tree.''
''I swear to the LordLangston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet, author. The Black Man Speaks, Jim Crow's Last Stand (1943).
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.''
''hereLangston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Theme for English B (l. 8-10). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
to this college on the hill above Harlem
I am the only colored student in my class.''
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.