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Carrasco 1 Massiel Carrasco Laura Kleeman English 111 April 4, 2019 James Mercer Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was a young boy of African-American origin who was raised during the 20 th century. He wrote many poems’ that reflected various issues that where occurring around the world. As wells as his surroundings that identified the situations in life associated with the color of his skin. As he grew, he discovered his passion and gift for writing poems which he utilized to communicate his life to the world. Hughes moves to New York as a young man where he made his career in poetry. Hughes published his first book in 1921, when he was just 21 years old. He stated that his poetry was geared towards educating the society on numerous challenges that both the present and the past generations were experiencing. Hughes wrote many notable works were centered around African-American life. Some of his famous poems include Blessed Assurance, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Let America Be America Again and Dream Deferred. He was believed to be gay and proclaim his homosexuality through his writings. Many people believed that Hughes was gay because of the homosexual subtext in his writing. During that period, most of the homosexual communities were marginalized, and the government had abolished any such efforts that would liberate the homosexuality. Hughes found out that it was very difficult to fight for the rights of homosexuals in society. He played a major role during the renaissance period by advocating for the rights of the minority groups. He also experienced harshful discrimination
Carrasco 2 as he was an African American man and also a sympathizer of the gay community. He utilized his platform as a poet to mobilize the society to fight for equal rights. Blessed Assurance is one of the famous poems written by Hughes. The poem reflects on various elements about the poet’s personal life such as living as an undecovered homosexual in that community. In the poem, he did not indicate that he was a homosexual but rather provided an overview of how society tends to marginalize such people (Trotman 45). His poems reflected on some of his experience as a gay person. The poem talked about the way the homosexual are viewed in the society, yet it is not their intention to be born in such a way as he was advocating for the people to accept them. This included giving such people an opportunity to express their feelings for one another. The poem also talked about his relationship with his father. According to the poem, his father was a very high tempered person, and he had to learn to live with him. In fact, in the poem Blessed Assurance , the poet explained how his behavior of being an undercover homosexual saddened his father (Trotman 78). It was challenging for the poet to find people who would accept him. In that way, it is certain that the poet was referring to the issues that millions of homosexual people around and the country were experiencing.

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