Carrasco 1Massiel CarrascoLaura Kleeman English 111April 4, 2019James Mercer Langston HughesLangston Hughes was a young boy of African-American origin who was raised duringthe 20thcentury. 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-Americanlife. Some of his famous poems include Blessed Assurance, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, LetAmerica Be America Again and Dream Deferred. He was believed to be gay and proclaim hishomosexuality 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 2as 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 Assuranceis one of the famous poems written by Hughes. The poem reflectson various elements about the poet’s personal life such as living as an undecoveredhomosexual in that community. In the poem, he did not indicate that he was a homosexual butrather 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 theway the homosexual are viewed in the society, yet it is not their intention to be born in such away as he was advocating for the people to accept them. This included giving such people anopportunity to express their feelings for one another. The poem also talked about hisrelationship with his father. According to the poem, his father was a very high temperedperson, and he had to learn to live with him. In fact, in the poem Blessed Assurance, the poetexplained how his behavior of being an undercover homosexual saddened his father (Trotman78). It was challenging for the poet to find people who would accept him. In that way, it iscertain that the poet was referring to the issues that millions of homosexual people aroundand the country were experiencing.