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.

Nobody loves a genius child.

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

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him - 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.

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


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

  • (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

  • 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
    (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (2/3/2018 7:05:00 PM)


    For Basquiat an inspiration to me. (Report) Reply

  • (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?

  • 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.
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2015 12:25:00 PM)


    I sometimes feel this way. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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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