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Langston Hughes. By Michael bond, tim byrne , and reed puleo. Langston Hughes. Born On Februrary 1 st 1902 Joplin, Missouri James Hughes and Carrie Hughes were his parents Parents were divorced when he was an infant Was raised by his Grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas

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langston hughes

Langston Hughes

By Michael bond, timbyrne, and reed puleo

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Langston Hughes
  • Born On Februrary 1st 1902
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • James Hughes and Carrie Hughes were his parents
  • Parents were divorced when he was an infant
  • Was raised by his Grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas
  • His Grandma died-Hughes went to Cleveland, Ohio
  • Went to Columbia University for a year, then dropped out
  • Got Bachelors degree from Lincoln University
career
Career
  • Worked odd jobs when he was young
  • Used Different forms of literary expression
  • Poet- “The Weary Blues,” “Fine Clothes to a Jew”
  • Novelist- Not Without Laughter, Tambourines to Glory
  • Short Story Writer- The Ways of White Folks, Simple
  • Autobiographies- The Big Sea, I Wonder as I wander
positive criticism
Positive Criticism
  • Hughes creative life was full, varied, and original
  • Always honest
  • His writing seemed to speak for millions
  • Took pride in his cultural background
negative criticism
Negative Criticism
  • Many negro intellects felt as though their race was being portrayed negatively
  • Stereotypes were enforced
  • Looked at the lives of ordinary Negros as opposed to successful ones
influences
INFLUENCES
  • Music of the time
  • Jazz, Blues, Big Band, Be-Bop
  • African-American Culture
  • Trips to Africa
po boy blues
PO’ BOY BLUES
  • When I was home de
  • Sunshine seemed like gold.
  • When I was home de
  • Sunshine seemed like gold.
  • Since I come up North de
  • Whole damn world’s turned cold.
  • I was a good boy,
  • Never done no wrong.
  • Yes, I was a good boy,
  • Never done no wrong,
  • But this world is weary
  • An’ de road is hard an’ long.
  • I fell in love with
  • A gal I thought was kind.
  • Fell in love with
  • A gal I thought was kind.
  • She made me lose ma money
  • An’ almost lose ma mind.
  • Weary, weary,
  • Weary early in de morn.
  • Weary, weary,
  • Early, early in de morn.
  • I’s so weary
  • I wish I’d never been born.
cultural background
Cultural Background
  • First African-American to earn his living by writing
  • Black Arts Movement
  • Lived in Missouri, Kansas, Africa, New York City, and The Soviet Union
i too sing america
I, Too, Sing America
  • I, too, sing America.
  • I am the darker brother.
  • They send me to eat in the kitchen
  • When company comes,
  • But I laugh,
  • And eat well,
  • And grow strong.
  • Tomorrow,
  • I’ll be at the table
  • When company comes.
  • Nobody’ll dare
  • Say to me,
  • “Eat in the kitchen.”
  • Then
  • Besides,
  • They’ll see how beautiful I am
  • And be ashamed- -
  • I, too, am America.
dreams
Dreams
  • Hold fast to dreams
  • For if dreams die
  • Life is a broken-winged bird
  • That cannot fly.
  • Hold fast to dreams
  • For when dreams go
  • Life is a barren field
  • Frozen with snow.
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