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Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes was a excellent poet that was born on February 1st, 1902 to Carrie M. Langston and James N. Hughes in Joplin Missouri. But, his grandmother primarily raised him. She told him important stories of the African American culture which influenced his work and helped him express the mind and spirit of that tradition. Most of his poetry appeared in African American publications. In 1924, Hughes went to live with his mother and was not satisfied with his earnings. He Langston_Hughes.jpgwanted to earn enough money to go to college. He gexternal image hughes.gifraduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1929. He wanted to be a poet from the time he was a kid because he was named "the class poet," but he hasn't even written any poems. In high school he was introduced to the works of poet Carl Sandburg, another poet from Midwest. Hughes began writing his poetry and developing his unique style. He constantly kept submitting his work but they kept getting rejected. His father would discourage him but Hughes poetry began appearing in the Brownies Book.

Langston Hughes began writing poetry in eighth grade, with little or no support, because his father wanted him to pursue something "more practical" for a career. So his tuition at Columbia University was paid for because he said he would study engineering. Even though he was not supported, he dropped out of college and followed his passion of writing poetry.
Hughes believed in being proud of who he was, even though he was being discriminated against for being African American. One of Hughes' most famous essays, "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain", talked about how the younger African American poets didn't show any fear or shame in having dark colored skin. He said, "We know we are beautiful." This shows a lot about his character, showing that he did not conform to the way things usually were. Hughes' writing style was incorporated a lot of parts of his life, especially jazz music. In his poetry, he brought out the sound and rhythm of jazz.

Juke Box Love Song

I could take the Harlem night

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and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue busses,
Taxis, subways,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem's heartbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day--
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.

I chose the poem Juke Box Love Song by Langston Hughes. I chose this poem because when i read it i noticed the last line ' Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.' That particular sentence stood out because Hughes like to write African American poems and i felt as if it really connected to his personality. When i read the first line i felt as if it didn't connect to the title but as i kept reading onto the second line i noticed it said 'and wrap around you' as soon as i read that i knew it was about a female, then it related to the title because it's about love. The third line made me think that this lady is like his little princess, but as i read the fourth and fifth line i got a little lost but then i connected it and thought that he was saying that he will take any type of transportation for her. The sixth through eleventh line made me feel like he would do anything for her. I can connect with ' the neon lights and make a crown' because i can picture him putting together a special vibrant crown for this lady. In addition i can also imagine 'Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl' because i can visualize a African American young lady and Hughes dancing with love. I couldn't really connect to ' And for your love song tone their rumble down' because i don't get a image in my head as specific as the rest of the poem, this line is more in depth and you can have different perspectives of it. This poem connects to the second paragraph about Langston Hughes because it states " One of Hughes most famous essays, "the Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain", talked about how the younger African American poets didn't show any fear or shame in having dark colored skin. He said, "We know we are beautiful."" This shows that Hughes is proud because this poem is talking about a brown Harlem girl.

Hughes was discovered by the poet Vachel Lindsay in Washington. Lindsay was dining at the Wardman Park Hotel, where Hughes worked as a busboy, and dropped his poems beside Lindsay's dinner plate. Lindsay included several of them in his poetry reading.

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The Blues

When the shoe strings break
On both your shoes
And you're in a hurry-
That's the blues.

When you go to buy a candy bar
And you've lost the dime you had-
Slipped through a hole in your pocket somewhere-
That's the blues, too, and bad


I chose this poem by Langston Hughes to write a reflection on because of how even though it is short, he really gets his message through to you in a very poetic way. When I read it, I noticed how he really gave it a rhythm and and a musical sound to it. I can really imagine this song being sung as blues or jazz. Langston Hughes wrote this poem like a song, so even though its written on a page, you can almost hear it being musical. This poem tells about the blues, which was a popular type of music when this was written. It makes me realize that what he was trying to say about blues music is that it can be about the little things in life that bother you or make you sad, not only the big ones. He is trying to say through this poem that the blues is really about whatever you want it to be about. You dont need a huge problem in your life to make a good song. I think the message he is trying to get across is that even if there is a small thing in your life bringing you down, sing about it.

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Morning After
I was so sick last night I
Didn’t hardly know my mind.
So sick last night I
Didn’t know my mind.
I drunk some bad licker that
Almost made me blind.

In this poem by Langston Hughes it shows the hangover of drinking i think it shows how people
should know the fact that licker is grouse and sick. Hes showing how this has effected him and how it
will affect him for the rest of the day because of his choise to drink last nightt drink it tells you
about how after drinking all this he is in so much pain because he was so sick.He goes and shows
how the licker he was drinking was so bad that it almost made him blinding. He was saying how
he didn't know his mind because he was so drunk he couldn't make the right choises. To show
how drinking can really mess you up

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