Langston Hughes

Luke Guerrero

Hughes Life

Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, MO. He published his first poem in 1921 and his first book of poetry in 1926. In 1925, he won first prize in a literary competition and won a scholarship to Lincoln University. In his career, he wrote more than 60 books, including poems, novels, short stories, plays, children's poetry, musicals, operas, and autobiographies. In 1960, the NAACP awarded him the Springarn Medal for distinguished achievements by an African American. In 1961, he was inducted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1963, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Howard University. He was the first African American to support himself as a writer, and he wrote from his own experience. He passed away in 1967 from cancer. In 2002, he was included on the list of 100 greatest African Americans.

Why i picked this poet

I picked Langston Hughes because his poems were soulful and flowing. I know that he had a lot of struggle in his life but he didn't let that get him down. He should be recognized for his work because he was able to write about things that a lot of people were going through at the same time as him. He is a great writer.

my bibologhy

"Hughes." 7th Grade Poetry Labs. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2015.


Weary Blues - He used rhyming throughout the poem. He used a simile in the line "he played that sad, saggy tune like a musical fool". He used personification in the line "he made that poor piano moan with melody". I selected this poem because I like music and this poem is about the blues.

Dreams - This poem has metaphors. One example is the line "life is a broken-winged bird". Another example is "life is a barren field". I liked this poem because it reminds me to hold on to my dreams because no matter how long it takes, they can happen.

I Too - The poetic element in this poem is mood. When I read this poem it makes me sad but also hopeful. It makes me sad because he talks about having to eat in the kitchen. It makes me hopeful because he does not lose hope. He knows he won't always eat in the kitchen. He knows he eats in the kitchen because other people are wrong, not him.

Cross - This poem uses rhyming. The last word in just about every other line rhymes. I chose this poem because I liked how it relates to me. He was mixed race and I am also mixed race.

The Negro Speaks of River - In this poem, he uses personification in the line "I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep". He also uses simile in the line "my soul has grown deep like the rivers". I chose this poem because I think he is comparing people in his life to rivers. He uses the different rivers to describe people he knew in his life that made him the person he was.

Mother to Son - In this poem, he uses imagery to compare life to a staircase. An example of this is when he says "it had tacks in it and splinters". Another example is when he said "I'se been a climbin' on, and reachin' landin's, and turnin' corners". I chose this poem because it made sense to me and I liked how he used a staircase to compare to life.