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Langston Hughes

As he grew older, Langston Hughes distanced himself from his most radical poems.
  U.S. writer best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance (1902-1967)
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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
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  • As he grew older, Langston Hughes distanced himself from his most radical poems.
  • Alums would like you to read a few passages from Langston Hughes.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Although I enjoyed and respected Kipling, Poe, Butler, Thackeray and Henley, I saved my young and loyal passion for Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson and W.E.B. Du Bois’ "Litany at Atlanta."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • From "Dream Variation" Langston Hughes October 28, 1959 For years the idea had haunted me, and that night it returned more insistently than ever.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me

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  • She continued to read to him almost every evening, just as she had been doing from the time he had come to live with her, stories of adventure and suspense like Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer, as well as poetry—Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes and many others.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • It’s a Langston Hughes poem called "Dreams," and Cedric reads the first line: "Hold fast to Dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird " His face softens.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • LANGSTON HUGHES The action of the play is set in Chicago’s Southside, sometime between World War II and the present.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • The Langston Hughes book jumped from my hand and the whole class laughed, everyone but Byron.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • I read through the Langston Hughes stuff real quick but that was a mistake.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
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