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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes | James Langston Hughes
"The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar--. [Hughes] is sumptuous and sharp, playful and sparse, grounded in an earthy music--. This book is a glorious revelation."--Boston Globe Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman.Here, for the first time, are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime, arranged in the general order in which he wrote them and annotated by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel. Alongside such famous works as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and Montage of a Dream Deferred,The Collected Poemsincludes the author's lesser-known verse for children; topical poems distributed through the Associated Negro Press; and poems such as "Goodbye Christ" that were once suppressed.Lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical, the result is a treasure of a book, the essential collection of a poet whose words have entered our common language. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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IndoorDame
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I haven‘t written poetry in what feels like forever, but these verses are unlocking something in me and I‘m finally scratching down a few lines and ideas! It‘s such a relief! ✍🏼🗒️🤍

kspenmoll I am so so glad! 1mo
IndoorDame @kspenmoll thanks! 💗💗💗 1mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
julieclair Love this! 1mo
slategreyskies I get this. I‘m so glad you‘ve been able to release some of your lines and ideas. I know what it‘s like to feel like they‘re bottled inside me. I‘ll have to check out these poems as well. ❤️ 1mo
IndoorDame @slategreyskies I hope you find the poems that speak to you ❤️ I think these are well worth reading whether they‘re the ones that provide that spark or not 1mo
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TheSpineView 😍😍😍 2mo
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TheSpineView Perfect!😍 6mo
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TheSpineView Wow! Such a powerful poem! 9mo
IndoorDame @TheSpineView Langston Hughes is always a WOW poet for me! 🤩🤯 9mo
TheSpineView @IndoorDame He is one of my favorites. 9mo
dabbe LH strikes again! 💙🖤🩵 9mo
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IndoorDame
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TheSpineView Love ❤️ 12mo
dabbe A definite whoah one. 🩵🤍🩵 12mo
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GatheringBooks
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TheSpineView Perfect 1y
dabbe One of my faves. ❣️ 1y
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IndoorDame
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TheSpineView Great poem! So true. 1y
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thebackyardgnome Delightful :) thsnk you for sharing! 1y
CBee I love snails 🐌 1y
TheSpineView ❤️🐌❤️ 1y
dabbe Beautiful.❣️ 1y
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IndoorDame
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TheSpineView Great choice 2y
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GatheringBooks
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TheSpineView Perfect!💙 2y
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Lcsmcat
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TheSpineView ❤🌙❤ 3y
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TheSpineView The poet must have been feeling sorry for himself. 😊 4y
Lcsmcat @TheSpineView It‘s part of a collection entitled “Blues” so yeah, that‘s the general idea. 4y
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batsy 🙌🏽 4y
TheSpineView 👍🤩😊 4y
Lesliereads 🙌🏾 4y
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Nute
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#PoetryMatters - World: What is there to say when the words of a poem written one hundred years ago still ring true? The loveliness of this place escapes us. We continue to only DREAM of a world like this...each person hoping and wondering when. When indeed?

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Deblovestoread Brought tears to my eyes. It seems impossible that we are where we are today, I expected so much better in my 61 years. I guess instead of enjoying the peace and prosperity of all I will continue to fight for the peace and prosperity for all. 4y
TheSpineView Beautiful poem and so relevant. Thanks for sharing this one. 💙💜💚 4y
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TheSpineView ❤🌹❤ 4y
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A less famous #dream poem of Hughes. He used the word a lot. #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I wonder what he intended with this poem. Is he saying that dreams are too precious to sale? That is my first thought. Maybe he means that dream dust makes dreams come true?? 🤷‍♀️ 4y
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#poetrymatters @TheSpineView
#Tune

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes found in the tagged book.

Read the full poem here: https://poets.org/poem/weary-blues

mhillis This is the first poem that came to mind! 🎶 4y
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TheSpineView Beautiful poem! ❤ 4y
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Lcsmcat
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Book mail! Now I just have to find a spot for it on my poetry shelf.

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“Dreams”

“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

#QuotsyDec19 | 1: #Without

📷: Made with Typorama

TK-421 Excellent choice 💜 4y
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TheSpineView 💜💜💜 5y
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Cathythoughts Life is sad sometimes ♥️♥️♥️ 5y
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This is the best poet I‘ve read. Coolest poet I‘ve read. My favorite poet I‘ve read.

Hughes is risky, exploratory (constantly trying new things), and his work is filled with a vibrant hum.

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Frosting

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It's not National Poetry Month any longer, but I still have a couple of poetry books I'm working my way through. Here's one of my favorites, Langston Hughes' "Dreams"

readingjedi What beautiful handwriting! 6y
bell7 @readingjedi thank you! 6y
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Taylor

Tell me, tell me,
What makes love such an ache and pain?
Tell me what makes
Love such an ache and pain?
It takes you and it breaks you—
But you got to love again.

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Taylor
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“Let us become instead, you and I,
One single hand
That can united rise
To smash the old dead dogmas of the past—“

He was writing this nearly eighty years ago, saying some of the same basic stuff people talk about to this day.

(Also, Langston Hughes was radical—way more than I expected!)

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Surely we know what you do not know;
Joy of living,
Uselessness of things.
You are too young to understand yet.
Build another skyscraper
Touching the stars.
We sit with our backs against a tree
And watch skyscrapers tumble
And stars forget.

merelybookish ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 6y
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Taylor
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“To respect Hughes‘s work, above all one must respect the African American people and their culture, as well as the American people in general and their national culture.”

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Happy Birthday to Langston Hughes born on this day in 1902.

I read this sweet poem the other day and it aptly describes our house now, but with two little maple-sugars peeping out. 👀👀

Buddys_Momma Love this 💜 Happy Birthday Langston! 6y
Lcsmcat I ❤️ this poem! 6y
batsy ❤️❤️ 6y
Wife Sweet ❤️ 6y
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God to a Hungry Child

CatLass007 ✊🏾 6y
Jabberwocky Ouch my heart 6y
Reggie Yikes!!!!!! It only hurts cause it‘s true. 6y
Paula3 💔😢 6y
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Still Here

[DELETED] 3803335244 Still here! 6y
Tamra @ForeverNerdy 👏🏾👏🏾 6y
batsy 💜 6y
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One of the poets I was lucky enough to stumble when I was young, who, to borrow from Emily Dickinson, made me feel as if the top of my head were taken off.

#America #nuyear @TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB Don‘t know this poet - but I shall be having a look ❤️ 6y
batsy It's a very down to earth style but his words have such power, @TrishB 👍 6y
Cinfhen Very powerful 6y
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AmyG Yes...very powerful. And quite relevant today. 6y
Cathythoughts 👏👏👏❤️ 6y
Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾👍🏾 6y
kspenmoll ❤️❤️ 6y
saresmoore Oh, hell yes! 6y
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merelybookish Good one! I was thinking of Hughes too: What happens to a dream deferred? 7y
Lcsmcat @merelybookish That would have been my next choice! 7y
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CouronneDhiver Great choice! 7y
Cinfhen Oh, I love this quote 🤓 7y
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Nute
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One of the first poems that I can remember memorizing just because I never wanted to forget the tenacity of a trying spirit. Now I have a son and every day I try to encourage him to be himself and all that he can be. Never lose hope and never give up.
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#LitsyPoetry365

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Feb. 12 - Refugee in America: "If you had known what I knew / You would know why." Graphic interpretation from: Signature Reads.

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MMenefee
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I looked and I saw
That man they call the Law.
He was coming
Down the street at me!
I had visions in my head
Of being laid out cold and dead,
Or else murdered
By the Third Degree

http://www.signature-reads.com/2017/02/the-langston-hughes-poem-that-best-captur...

#litsypoetry365

SharonGoforth I like the comic! 7y
saresmoore I read a couple of Hughes poems with my girls this morning! ❤ 7y
MMenefee @saresmoore ❤️❤️ 7y
MMenefee @SharonGoforth It's as powerful as the poem. 7y
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about to finish the poetry collection😊 I liked it very much👍🏼

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Now, more than ever, we believe in the power of story, in empathy, in inclusion, in the belief that all voices have the right to be heard.

Don't give up hope. Fight back against racism, homophobia, misogyny, Islamophobia, and the lie of the single story. Fight back with action, and words. We will keep fighting alongside you.

-The Tin House Team

Suet624 Thank you. 8y
Hooked_on_books 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 8y
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GoneFishing

Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.

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"Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark? And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?"

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I like to use the poetry of Langston Hughes with my middle school students. They like it because it seems simple, but when we break it down they realize how much meaning is packed in each one. I love teaching and creating poetry with my students. #BookPhotoChallenge #AugustPhotoChallenge #AugustofPages

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ju.ca.no
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New Book!!❤️ and such a lovely one as well :) looking very much foward to reading all the gorgeous poems :)

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