Langston Hughes Final

Langston Hughes Final - Michael Chenette Mrs. Friese...

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Michael Chenette Mrs. Friese February 27, 2008 ENG 102 – 014 Dinner Guest: Me Hughes argued, "no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself." He wrote in his essay entitled "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain", "We younger Negro artists now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they aren't, it doesn't matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too. .. If colored people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn't matter either. We build our temples for tomorrow, as strong as we know how and we stand on the top of the mountain, free within ourselves." This statement really gives a basis on what his poetry was about during his time, the time of the Harlem Renaissance. In his poem, “Dinner Guest: Me”, he illustrates how a black man attending a party is illustrated back in those times. The imagery and the word choice used describe the elegance of the event and the seriousness of having a black man at a
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Price during the Spring '08 term at Salisbury University.

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