Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet for Joplin, Mo

Fun facts about Hughes

Born Feb. 1, 1902, in Joplin, Mo., Hughes was largely raised by his grandmother in Lawrence, Ks., after his parents separated. Mary Patterson Langston instilled in her grandson a sense of racial pride and a love for activism.Died on May 22. 1967, Son of Caroline Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes. Langston lived in the states Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. One of Hughes's best-known poems, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," was published when Hughes was still in his teens. Its famous line, "My soul has grown deep like the rivers," was used as his epitaph. Langston Hughes/Professions/






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Quotes by Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?... Or does it explode?

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.

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from "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (1920)...
"My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset...."

in The Weary Blues (1926)