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Unformatted text preview: Yi Chen ENG 205 11/2/11 Langston Hughes Langston Hughes is considered to be the most significant black poet of the twentieth century. During his life many thought that he was a voice of the African-American people. He also was a prime example of the magnificence of the Harlem Renaissance, in which he got his nickname, The Poet Laureate of Harlem. Hughes has written poetry, essays, short stories, novels, plays and newspaper articles, but he was most known for his poetry. As Cary R. Nelson said, For many decades, [Hughes] has been at the top of the pantheon of 20th-century poets by any reasonable standard. He deserves to have every word he wrote be in print ( Anthology of Modern American Poetry , 2000). He used nature from different perspectives to show the experience of racism and life of African- Americans. He was proud of being black. In addition, he used his creative style of poetry- jazz and blue music for subjects and for structure. The Harlem Renaissance was known as the New Negro Movement. During the 1920s, in this culture movement, the black artists and writers hoped that great art could change the racist ideas about African- Americans and worked for the goals of civil rights and equality. Black literature was absorbed into white mainstream culture in American society. Unlike other notable black poets of the period- Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Countee Cullen, he refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black people. He was the first people that used the black art to Page 1 depict the African American experiences. In The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain, depict the African American experiences....
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This note was uploaded on 11/01/2011 for the course ACC 200 taught by Professor Minliu during the Spring '11 term at Universidad Europea de Madrid.
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