Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Genius Child - Poem by Langston Hughes

This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly as ever you can -
Lest the song get out of hand.

<i>Nobody loves a genius child.</i>

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?
Can you love an eagle,
Wild or tame?
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

<i>Nobody loves a genius child.</i>

<i>Kill him</i> - and let his soul run wild.


Comments about Genius Child by Langston Hughes

  • Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (6/7/2018 10:14:00 PM)

    Wow! Really this a beautiful, innocent and soft song for a child which is very motivational poem. If no one loves a genius child this provokes thought and brings sadness. Soul of genius child ever shines. A marvelous poem is chosen on this day as modern poem of the day....10 (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/7/2018 11:19:00 AM)

    Sing it Softly! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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    (6/7/2018 9:05:00 PM)

    Can't you even write a prpoer comment.

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  • Muzahidul Reza (6/7/2018 6:47:00 AM)

    Sounds great, well done by Langston Hughes (Report)Reply

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  • (6/7/2018 3:34:00 AM)

    Nobody loves a genius child.//Kill him - and let his soul run wild. (I'm sorry for my English)
    Dear Langston Hughes, I think that there is no need to say more about the essence of the reality of our human society that nobody loves. I like the trembling nervousness that unloads all your rage for this human destiny. Find the baby you love after dying. Riza
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/7/2018 2:46:00 AM)

    full poem is mysterious! (Report)Reply

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  • Britte Ninad (6/7/2018 1:09:00 AM)

    Tame is tale of fame in ideal!
    Genius is trail of devil in wild!

    Two roads or one door
    every code of life at last event becomes not sure
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  • Robert Murray Smith (6/7/2018 12:39:00 AM)

    Not a great write. A genius child can be a handful. To kill his spirit is inane.The poem points this out. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/3/2018 7:05:00 PM)

    For Basquiat an inspiration to me. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/16/2017 10:22:00 AM)

    Can anyone tell me which year this was written in (Report)Reply

    (6/7/2018 1:27:00 PM)

    I think it was written after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Is that okay?

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/14/2017 12:48:00 PM)

    Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
    Sing it softly as ever you can -
    Lest the song get out of hand.

    Lovely.
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  • (6/8/2015 12:25:00 PM)

    I sometimes feel this way. (Report)Reply

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  • Leslie Sharp (11/23/2014 12:33:00 PM)

    This poem was great why do people hate! Because of fear, jealousy, envy I get sick of the same old song over and over! Always the same what do they what from me! (Report)Reply

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  • (5/29/2013 5:17:00 PM)

    I love this poem....it powerful yet filled with humility. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 23, 2012



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