In poetry, Hughes often uses the visual images and sound patterns associated with good poetry in order to capture his audience's attention, focusing it on the racial topic at hand.
This can be seen quite clearly through one of Hughes's earliest and most popular poems, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." In this poem, Hughes begins with the statement, "I've known rivers" (1), and continues to list the rivers that he has known.
His great-great uncle was John Mercer, the first Black American elected to public office ("Langston Hughes").
At his birth, young Hughes's parents could not have known that someday their son would trump his great-great uncle's own famousness.
Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources: October 2015 Critical Insights: Harlem Renaissance This compilation of essays takes a closer look at this pivotal point in African American history, as well as its origins, identity, portrayal, of women, and rediscovered authors.
This title seeks to offer not only expanded readings of the central themes that have long captivated the attention of scholars across time, but also providing valuable insight into the texts, authors, and critical perspectives too often overlooked.January 2011 Critical Survey of Poetry Critical Survey of Poetry profiles major poets throughout history and the world, and includes an analysis of their significant individual poems or collections.Essays begin with full data on dates and places of birth and/or death, and a list of the poet's "Principal Poetry." Next is a brief overview of "Other Literary Forms" and two longer sections, "Achievements" and "Biography." The longest section, "Analysis," discusses the poet's work and examines several poems.Contributors include John Edgar Tidwell, Christopher C.De Santis, Sharon Lynette Jones, and Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper.December 2014 Introduction to Literary Context: American Poetry of the 20th Century This collection of poetry criticism will give students and researchers a comprehensive synopsis and understanding of not only the piece provided, but on the context and author who wrote it.This volume is a helpful aid for students to learn critical analysis and discussion skills necessary for dissecting literature.1 Volume300 Pages Essays Offering Analysis by Top Literary Scholars Introductory Essay by the Editor Chronology of Author's Life Complete List of Author's Works Publication Dates of Works Detailed Bio of the Editor General Bibliography General Subject Index Poet, playwright, and short story writer Langston Hughes remains perhaps one of the most well known African American writers of the twentieth century.With memorable lines like "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair" and "What happens to a dream deferred?," many of his poems are beloved by readers of all ages for their strong emotions, lucidity, and depth.His often anthologized stories, such as "The Blues I'm Playing" and "Blessed Assurance," continue to delight, and even his plays, many years after their first performances, are proving to be a rich mine for scholars. Baxter Miller, Professor of English and the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the poet laureate of Harlem.