LANGSTON HUGHES

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He was born on 2-1-1922 in Joplin Missouri and he published his first poetry in 1921 he went to columbia university and he did one year then he stared traveling and later his poetry was published by Vachel Lindsay then he published his first book in 1926. He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose and In November 1924, Hughes returned to the United States and worked many jobs. In 1925, he was working as a busboy in a Washington, D.C. hotel restaurant when he met American poet Vachel Lindsay. Hughes showed some of his poems to Lindsay, who like it enough to use his ideas to promote Hughes’s poetry and to a more people. In 1925, Hughes’s poem “The Weary Blues” won first prize in the Opportunity magazine literary competition, and Hughes also received a scholarship to attend Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania. While going to Lincoln, Hughes poetry came to the attention of bookrighte and critic Carl Van Vechten, who used his connections to help get Hughes’s first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, published by Knopf in 1926. The book had popular appeal and established both his poetic style and his commitment to black themes and heritage. Hughes was also among the first to use jazz rhythms and dialect to depict the life of urban blacks in his work.

To fling my arms wide

In some place of the sun,

To whirl and to dance

Till the white day is done.

Then rest at cool evening

Beneath a tall tree

While night comes on gently,

Dark like me—

That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide

In the face of the sun,

Dance! Whirl! Whirl!

Till the quick day is done.

Rest at pale evening . . .

A tall, slim tree . . .

Night coming tenderly

Black like me.

A TALL SLIM TREE IS SENSORY LANGUAGE BCUSE IT APPEALS TO SIGHT

BLACK LIKE ME IS A SIMILE

WHIRL!WHIRL IS AND ONOMATOPOEIA

Lays, as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. He died on May 22, 1967. His parents, James Hughes and Carrie Langston, separated soon after his birth, and his father moved to Mexico. While Hughes’s mother moved around during his youth, Hughes was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother, Mary, until she died in his early teens. From that point, he went to live with his mother, and they moved to several cities before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. It was during this time that Hughes first began to write poetry, and that one of his teachers first introduced him to the poetry of Carl Sandburg and Walt .

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