Langston Hughes Poems

one of this poet’s most famous works, as it celebrates the voice and the soul of the black community in a time of great racial intolerance, injustice, and inequality in America; the river itself functions as a metaphor for the soul of the African-American community
The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Langston Hughes

The poet extols the beauty of his people, likening their faces to the night, their eyes to the stars, and their souls to the sun.
My People; Langston Hughes

using the metaphor of a broken house and stairs to convey the message of persistence and hard work
Mother to Son; Langston Hughes

discusses strength and beauty of the African American identity
I, Too; Langston Hughes

A black pianist plays the blues, and lives the blues.

The poem has a blues-like rhythm. In the space of the poem, the blues player sings a song.

The Weary Blues; Langston Hughes

A woman’s black lover is hung from a tree, as the speaker, she mourns her loss.
Song for a Dark Girl; Langston Hughes

The poet complains about how the landlord does not attend to his complaints and ultimately he will be punished instead of the landlord
Ballad of the Landlord; Langston Hughes

Conversation across races, between an instructor and a student; addresses differences and similarities between races; creates a dramatic scene
Theme for English B; Langston Hughes

About a dream that is not fulfilled
Harlem [Dream Deferred]; Langston Hughes

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