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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar Hughes is sumptuous and sharp playful and sparse grounded in an earthy music This book is a glorious revelation Boston GlobeSpanning five decades and comprising 868 poems nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman  Here for the first time are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime arranged in the general order in which he wrote them and annotated by Arnold Rampersad and David RoesselAlongside such famous works as The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Montage of a Dream Deferred The Collected Poems includes the author's lesser known verse for children; topical poems distributed through the Associated Negro Press; and poems such as Goodbye Christ that were once suppressed  Lyrical and pungent passionate and polemical the result is a treasure of a book the essential collection of a poet whose words have entered our common language When I’ve seen someone do something really well it often inspires me to try it for myself – especially as it pertains to writing When I read a really good book it makes me want to write fiction When I hear a really good performance it makes me want to write songsAnd after reading The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes I want to write poetry so badly that all of my thoughts have been forming in blank verse for daysI first discovered Langston Hughes in high school I was part of our school’s Academic Challenge Bowl team yes it’s even nerdier than it sounds and one of my assignments was to read through this fat anthology of American Literature The book had a section on the Harlem Renaissance For the most part I felt like a poser whilst reading it – I hadn’t really experienced the oppression or suffering in my fourteen years of life that Arna Bontemps and Claude McKay were describing It made me vaguely uncomfortable to try to understand – how could I an Asian teen living in the mostly Caucasian suburbs and attending a predominantly Hispanic school understand the woes and triumphs of a black man fighting for human rights in 1920s HarlemBut then I got to HughesWhat happens to a dream deferredDoes it dry up like a raisin in the sun Or fester like a sore And then run Does it stink like rotten meat Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweetMaybe it just sags like a heavy load Or does it explodeI knew what it meant to have a dream deferred In some ways a dream deferred is worse than a dream completely crushed When a dream is crushed you can let it go and start to heal But a dream deferred leaves you with hope leaves you hanging on Sometimes you think you’ll never heal And the reactions to this situation can vary from day to day You might be angry one day despondent the next okay with it a few days later and then back to anger by the end of the weekLangston Hughes understood it And I understood Langston Hughes And suddenly I felt like I could read Bontemps and McKay and understand them tooI started picking up all the Hughes I could get my hands on I haunted the library that summer looking for poems I’d skipped over I didn’t care much for poetry at that point in my life but reading Hughes changed that almost instantly Suddenly I loved the lyrical uality that separates poetry from proseSo when I ran into this book at Barnes and Noble a few years back I just had to get itAnd I’ve been slowly reading through it ever since savoring the verse and the rhythm and the wordsHughes writes about a rainbow of topics not all of them serious He writes about love freedom poverty oppression beauty pain – and every other shade of life experience you can imagineHe’s famous for his contribution to the Harlem Renaissance but his work transcends the movement Hughes is relatable He took his specific suffering and sees in it the thing that connects us all – humanity He had a gift for showing you that glint of commonness amongst all the differences But Langston Hughes didn’t just write about the plight of the black man I love that this volume includes his verses for children – fanciful verse without a trace of the fire and sorrow that surge through so many of his poems for adultsThrough the course of reading this book Langston Hughes has been cemented in his position as my favorite poet He expresses so perfectly the gamut of the life experience He understood it And when I read him I can too Insightful Timeless Heartfelt Realistic Compelling A Powerful Beautiful Read I Loved It It's a comprehensive anthology of Langston Hughes' poems that's all you need to know The wisdom by which I govern my life I find in the poetry of Langston Hughes Beyond color beyond era this man sings a song of life which is in harmony with the music of my thoughts it pulls me through the day to day drudgery it whips me from my laziness and sadness it ignites my rage against inhumanity it laughs with my joy and it shows me how to celebrate a life in all of its moments Each of us has a poet or poetry that will speak to us if we allow it to So much of it seems incomprehensible and boring but only because one does not feel any connection with the author the words the meaning Hughes is my poet Find him or find your own but do yourself the favor of discovering that sweet song that blends with your own internal music To my shame I'd never heard of Langston Hughes before this year don't judge me too harshly; I bet you've never heard of Witi Ihimaera It's kind of bleedin' obvious but wow amazingI didn't like the actual book too much; the binding was poor and uite a few pages popped out and I didn't like the font or some of the section title page layouts The four stars reflects very much my rating of this particular physical book not the poetry Which is a ten I'd recommend buying a different edition A book that belongs in every poetry lovers' house He was brilliant and his poems withstand the test of time Have you ever read something that made your face frown and made you think what Well the poem Mother to Son by Langston Hughes did that exact thing to me As I read this poem our face turned upside down The struggle of the poem is the best It was that the mother's life was really rough she didn't want her son to go through what she went throughThe Imagery Man the imagery used in the poem is the common imagery that is used in everyday life However not thought about in that same way This poem is realistic We can picture most of the things that are in Mother to Son These are some reasons why you can like this poem but there are many The imagery in the poem is really outstanding but you may not catch it as soon you read it That's how good it is The usage of it is normal but you have to think outside of the box to get it Whenever you see imagery you see everyone use commonly Also this way is common but used in a different way Most would understand Don't you set down on the steps as the mother says You may think she is talking about the stairs we walk on but she explains the trials and tribulations of being alive Which means the ways of living life as in happiness and or the struggle In this specific poem you can find alot of struggle As we mentioned in the paragraph above struggle can be found alot in this poem She had alot of problems she has been put through but is trying to let her son know that life isn't always happy and filled with joy There are something that you are going to be scared to do and somethings that you are going to be able to get through Where there ain't no light So boy don't you turn back This phrase tells you that there can be nothing but you still do not give up on it Anything can be hard or can make you feel like you are strugling but you can not back down from it Perserverance is the key word here So you say you can acutally picture what she is saying Yes you can picture the way the mother explains herself She makes it seem like you are in the poem which makes it realistic You can see that the mother is been put through alot and you can say that it realisitic because you can put yourself into her shoes Once you can relate to something it has become realistic This poem can relate to alot of people so you can call it realisticSo what some mother's can't relate to Mother to Son the thing about this poem someone can learn from it Being a mother and growing up having a hard life of course you wouldn't want your child having to deal with the something She wants her child to have a life that she couldn't enjoy Most people still this day can relate to how realistic Mother to Son is anybody's mom can sit their child down and tell their child how rough their life was just imagine all the hard times your mom went through Maybe not having any lunch money or having to wait months and months to get a new pair of sneakers because their wasn't enough money in the house hold Awesome and passionate and stirring and lovely all in ways a 21st century Midwestern white girl probably isn't fully ualified to appreciate JusticeThat Justice is a blind goddessIs a thing to which we black are wiseHer bandage hides two festering soresThat once perhaps were eyesThe Negro Speaks of RiversI've known riversI've known rivers ancient as the world and older than theflow of human blood in human riversMy soul has grown deep like the riversI bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were youngI built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleepI looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above itI heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincolnwent down to New Orleans and I've seen its muddybosom turn all golden in the sunsetI've known riversAncient dusky riversMy soul has grown deep like the riversSongsI sat there singing herSongs in the darkShe said;'I do not understand The words'I said;'There are No words'Read for Modern Poetry When I teach American Lit and specifically the Harlem Renaissance Hughes resonates with students than any other He has the ability to define the American identity particularly for young readers in a focused way that is unmatched I had a student in one of my most challenging classes ever raise his hand and say that he thought that the issues with violence in the inner city were just the explosion or collision of so many generations of deferred dreams The class fell silent that day and does every day that I recount that insight to other classes

About the Author: Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet social activist novelist playwright short story writer and columnist He was one of the earliest innovators of the then new literary art form jazz poetry Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance He famously wrote about the period that Harlem was in vogue

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