Posted by: kitkat | February 1, 2008

Poetry Friday – In honor of Black History Month

In honor of Black History month I’ll post poems by Langston Hughes from his book: Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes.

A little bit about Langston Hughes from the Poetry Foundation:
Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)
Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the “Harlem Renaissance” because of the number of emerging black writers. Du Bose Heyward wrote in the New York Herald Tribune in 1926: “Langston Hughes, although only twenty-four years old, is already conspicuous in the group of Negro intellectuals who are dignifying Harlem with a genuine art life. . . . It is, however, as an individual poet, not as a member of a new and interesting literary group, or as a spokesman for a race that Langston Hughes must stand or fall. . . . Always intensely subjective, passionate, keenly sensitive to beauty and possessed of an unfaltering musical sense, Langston Hughes has given us a ‘first book’ that marks the opening of a career well worth watching.”

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