Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance

My favorite bit of Harlem Renaissance art that I have found are the literary works of Langston Hughes. I really enjoy his poetry and the fluidity of the words he writes, even more so than the message at times. Sometimes the euphony is more important than the message, and for me this was true to the works of Langston Hughes. In the poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers, when Hughes writes of the depth of his soul and compares rivers to the blood flowing through our veins, I am put at ease because of the smooth way the words are phrased. Even in some of Hughes more profound works such as Let America be America Again where the message is supposed to be highlighted, I really thought that the euphony was more important to me with sentiments such as “Where never kings connive or tyrants scheme” and “I am the people, humble, hungry, mean”. While Hughes creates his poetry with clean and soothing words and this is what I enjoy most, the messages of his poetry also influence me. Hughes is passionate about his cause, and through his work he reveals the troubled state that our country was in in the 30s, despite his work still being relevant today and is still applicable to modern society.

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4 Responses to Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance

  1. 16jk says:

    I liked the use of proper quotations and the reasoning of why you appreciate Hughes’ literature.
    Why do you think that euphony is significant?

  2. frankwxxxx says:

    Great explanation of how Langston Hudges relates to Harlem Renaissance.
    How did euphony significant in the Harlem Renaissance.
    Insert of media will make this post better.

  3. emmaalexandra1 says:

    David, this blog post is very interesting and highly informative. You really engage the reader into the piece by using great quotations. Because you are such a fan of Hughes’ work, maybe you can add some of your personal enjoyment from certain sentences? Overall, A+ worthy work!

  4. bsullivan35 says:

    It’s hard to find an audio document for Hughes reading, “Let American Be American Again.” Here’s one for the other poem you examine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cKDOGhghMU

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