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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes | Langston Hughes
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With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America. The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night." They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture. They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror-- and the marrow of the bone of life." The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America." It gives us a poet of extraordinary range, directness, and stylistic virtuosity. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Leftcoastzen I have always loved this ! Excellent choice! 1mo
Cathythoughts I didn‘t really get it .... until the last line ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 1mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen Thanks! It is such a powerful poem! 1mo
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LiterRohde I teach this poem every year to my 9th graders along with “Dreams” and “As I Grew Older”. 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Yes that last line packs a punch! 1mo
KarenUK 👌💕 1mo
merelybookish @LiterRohde Nice! I imagine this direct style speaks to that age group! 1mo
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Happy 4th of July American Littens! 🎉

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Recommend. I mean, how do you ”review” a master?

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TheSpineView 😙 4mo
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TheSpineView 😊 5mo
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Day 23: Rain

April Rain Song by Langston Hughes

#poetrymatters @TheSpineView @LazyDays

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Langston Hughes was an outstanding poet. His life story is just as interesting as the work he produced. I take inspiration from this poem, and it is one of only a small handful I can recite by heart. Don't forget, Thursday is #WorldPoetryDay - Many people who didn't like poetry in school find it was the way it was taught and not poetry that they disliked to begin with. ☺

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I saw @OrangeMooseReads took this buzzfeed quiz and I had to try! The classic author who is my soulmate is Langston Hughes and I think it‘s safe to say I got the best possible result 😍 picture cut off at the bottom... I had no idea he was so handsome??

Tell me who you all get!
https://www.buzzfeed.com/dianabruk/which-classic-author-is-your-soulmate?utm_ter...

Littlestbookshelf I got Jane Austen! 7mo
fleeting 😄 I got Chekhov! 7mo
Bklover @fleeting I got Chekhov too! 7mo
Exbrarian Also, Langston Hughes. 7mo
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GingerAntics 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
TrishB Clever pick 👍🏻 8mo
LazyDays Interesting 👏 8mo
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batsy Nice! 8mo
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wanderinglynn
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Thanks @QuietlyLaura for posting this fun quiz.

Find out your classic author soul mate:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/dianabruk/which-classic-author-is-your-soulmate

QuietlyLaura I got this quiz from @she_isthe_arrow Chloe, did you see this? Cool! 8mo
she_isthe_arrow I was starting to wonder if they recycled the same 4 authors this ones new! Very neat ☺️ 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJan19 Day 3: Rivers as #Ancient as time and human blood. One of my favourite Langston Hughes poems of all time.

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Langston Hughes, Harlem Renaissance poet #WinterWonderland #AngelOfHarlem @trishb @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Wonderful choice! 9mo
TrishB And a poet I must read more of! 9mo
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#angelofharlem #winterwonderland #poetrymatters One of my all time favorite poets

TrishB Not read much of his and mostly via Litsy! 9mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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If I am ever in a reading slump I retreat to poetry, really loving this collection which was a #blameitonlitsy

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Never stop Laughin‘ Lovin‘ Livin‘ #langstonhughes #imstillhere

JazzFeathers I love Langston Hughes 💙😊 10mo
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I, too by Langston Hughes #american #poetrymatters

LazyDays Wow!👏 12mo
Lcsmcat I love this one! 12mo
Libby1 I love this. I remember loving it at school. 12mo
wanderinglynn Love Langston Hughes. Such a powerful voice. ❤️ 12mo
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Langston Hughes again... an excerpt from The Weary Blues. I read this in my English classes, and then have my students write their own blues lyrics. #PoetryMatters #Sad @LazyDays

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Langston Hughes is an amazing poet.
#PoetryMatters #Dream @LazyDays

KathyWheeler Yes, he is excellent. 13mo
wanderinglynn Love Langston Hughes! 👍🏻 13mo
Tamra Indeed! 13mo
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plaidchuck One of my favorites! 13mo
merelybookish I immediately thought of this poem as well! So powerful! 13mo
batsy Love him. Great pick! 13mo
Leftcoastzen ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👍 13mo
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#ifeelfine #heyjune
Sorry can‘t fit the whole poem on! It‘s called Life is Fine by Langston Hughes and is about perseverance in hard times ❤️
Another new to me poet via Litsy and @batsy - have been making my way through some of his poems.

Caroline2 That‘s truly beautiful! ❣ 1y
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing 😍hope your heart is healing❤️ 1y
Kalalalatja ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm Googled and read the poem. ❤️ it! 1y
TrishB @Caroline2 @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s a simple but affecting poem. ❤️ 1y
batsy So moving ❤️❤️ I need to get this to have his poetry around at all times. 1y
Aimeesue "What happens to a Dream deferred" is probably one of his best known. We had to memorize poems in high school, and that's the only one I can still remember besides Jabberwocky. ❤️ 1y
TrishB @batsy I‘m really enjoying what I‘ve read so far 💕 1y
TrishB @Aimeesue I don‘t know this one - will check it out later. 1y
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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heikemarie
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I really do think this is the most important museum.

Foragingfantasy Package on its way to you! 14mo
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Josiedlove
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The best book mail a girl can receive... Super excited to start this gem... Thank you cousin @tlval for my special delivery... Someone was listening... 🍷📖

#langstonhughes #selectedpoems #excitedtoreadit #langstonhughespoetry #gottaexpandmyhorizons #learningsomething #gottakeepthemindfresh #bookpages #readingissexy💋 #readingismagic #bookish #bookswag #bookporn #readingopensdoors #readingopensthemind

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So good. Highly recommended.

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So many beautiful ones, I can‘t help but share!

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Beautiful and terrible.

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I don't know that I've ever read a lot of Langston Hughes before. I see what they mean by jazz poetry - you could sing every line!

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rjsthumbelina
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How beautiful.

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rjsthumbelina
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Happy World Poetry Day! Gonna try to read a few poetry books through the day, starting with this one.

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megnews
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On why I love the City.

#LitsyPoetry365 @SharonGoforth

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Loretta ❤️ 2y
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SharonGoforth Love Langston Hughes ❤ 3y
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One poet writes of another.
#LitsyPoetry365 @SharonGoforth

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Devastatingly beautiful.

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#LitsyPoetry365 @SharonGoforth

This has always been one of my favorite poems. I love the rhythm and imagery it creates.

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#LitsyPoetry365 @SharonGoforth

I've been so distracted lately, I can hardly read, let alone post on Litsy. Hope to be more active again soon.

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This is my Well-loved copy of Langston Hughes poems. My grandma gave it to me for my 14th birthday. It is actually all yellowed and mellowed and has that heavenly old-book smell. #BlackHistory #riotgrams

8little_paws What a lovely kitty picture!! 3y
Notafraidofwords Have you read Etheridge Knight? 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @Notafraidofwords I love it! So so powerful- Bam! 3y
TheLibrarian Love your kitty!! 😻 3y
AlaMich You had a cool grandma! 3y
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Day 4 of #17booklove Love in the Title. I couldn't find a book that I own with love in the title but I did find a poem! #blackhistorymonth

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timiddrake
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Reading Hughes for the first time and really enjoying it. I took a bunch of those internet quizzes, like "Who is your literary soul mate?" etc type stuff, and always got Langston Hughes. I figured maybe I should read his work! I'm glad I did.

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