LaNgStOn HuGhEs

Poetry Project



Where is the Jim Crow section
On this merry-go-round,
Mister, cause I want to ride?
Down South where I come from
White and colored
Can't sit side by side.
Down South on the train
There's a Jim Crow car.
On the bus we're put in the back—
But there ain't no back
To a merry-go-round!
Where's the horse
For a kid that's black?

Langston Hughes

Caleb recites "Merry-go-round" by Langston Hughes




What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore—

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over—

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

"Harlem" by Langston Hughes

I, Too

I, TooBy Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.


I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”



They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

I, Too

Dream Keeper

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
The Dream Keeper

Did You Know?

  • In college he studied engineering instead of writing
  • In 1935 the Hughes play "Mulatto" opened on Broadway
  • He lived with his father in Mexico for a short period of time
  • His great-grandfathers were white, and owned slaves in Kentucky
  • He was a crew member of the SS Malone

James Langston Hughes

Hughes was born on February the first 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. His parents got divorced when he was young. He lived with his grandma until he was thirteen, and he then moved with his mom and her husband in Springfield, IL. In Lincoln Hughes started writing poetry. He traveled to Africa and Europe as a seaman. His first book of poetry was The Weary Blues. It was published in 1926. His first novel won the Harmon gold medal for literature in 1930. He is known for his poems about his black life in America. Also he includes jazz/blues in his poetry. He also wrote short stories, novels, and plays. He died on May 22, 1967 at the ages of 65. :(

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