Archive for April 21, 2011

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet who was famous for his innovation of the new literary art form, jazz poetry. He was born in Missouri on February 1, 1902. Since he was a kid, he wrote and wanted to be a writer but like every father he wanted a more solid career for his son. Despite this, his father was impressed by his writing and pay him a year of college. Hughes is best known for his work during the HarlemĀ Renaissance. He often wrote about the theme of “black is beautiful” concerning about the uplift of his people. His poetry portrayed the lives of the working class in America, the pride in the African-American identity and its diverse culture. An example of this is the poem, “My people”. Also, Hughes was an inspiration to many black writers since he promoted racial consciousness. He died of cancer on May 22, 1967.