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Jun 15, 2020 2020-06-15

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Poetry That Explores Social Conscience

Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music. He captured, in deceptively simple poems, the wide range of African American experiences—from the horrors of the Jim Crow South to the be-bop hustle of Harlem life—and significantly expanded the vocabulary of American poetry. These poems, arranged in order of publication date, represent just a small cross-section of his varied work.

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