Lesson 10: Langston Hughes
This week we will focus on the selected works of Langston Hughes, one of the first African Americans to earn a
living as a writer and a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. You may have read some of Hughes' poems in
other classes or heard them in movies.
At the end of this lesson you will also take the Poetry Exam over this unit. You will be tested over the contents of
Lessons 8, 9, & 10..
Prepare for Poetry Exam
Locate the definitions to the poetry terms listed below.
Memorize them to prepare for the Poetry Unit Exam.
You will also be asked to identify underlined terms used in a line of poetry.
You will also respond to questions over the poetry of Dickinson and Hughes.
Example of a Poetry Terms Test Question
Identify the underlined poetic device in the following line of poetry: “The city called out my
Explanation of answer:
Note the correct answer is “
"—personification. In the poetic line, the city, which is not
human, is speaking. Thus, the poet used “personification,” a poetic device where non–h
uman or inanimate objects are given characteristics of human beings.