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Langston Hughes
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American Playwright 19021967 Thinking Questions What things in history happened in Langston Hughes lifetime How could those things affect his writing Biographical Information African American ID: 510114 Download Presentation


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Langston Hughes

American Playwright 1902-1967Slide2

Thinking Questions:

What things in history happened in Langston Hughes’ lifetime?

How could those things affect his writing?Slide3

Biographical Information:

African AmericanBorn in Joplin Missouri

Moved around a lot as a child, grandmother then mother

Wrote poetry in high school

Attended Columbia University for 1 year

Left school and became part of the “Harlem Renaissance”

Traveled on a freighter around the world

Poetry Days:

Met poet


Lindsay who got him a scholarship at Lincoln University

Began meeting connections and getting published more by the age of 27

Funeral filled with Jazz musicSlide4

Poetic Style

Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman influenced himBlack themes and heritage

Jazz rhythms and dialect

Urban blacks

Address racial issues

Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up 

like a raisin in the sun? 

Or fester like a sore-- 

And then run? 

Does it stink like rotten meat? 

Or crust and sugar over-- 

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags 

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?Slide5

Dream Deferred Analysis:Langston Hughes, in his poem “Dream Deferred” uses specific language and similes to send a message to the reader. This message, however, is a message that the reader has to interpret for him/herself because of the many questions asks throughout the piece.

Hughes’ language is rich with sensory imagery that sometimes appeals to the senses and sometimes repulses them. He uses similes to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. Some of the images are pleasing to the ear and stomach like the words “syrupy sweet” and others repel the reader with phases like “stink like rotten meat.” Both of these phrases are contradictions because Hughes doesn’t want to tell the reader what happens to a dream that is put off, but he wants the reader to think about what could happen and why it happens.

Hughes uses rich sensory imagery and similes to create a message the reader has to interpret on his/her own.


What kinds of things do you see in this analysis?Slide6

Works Cited:Hughes, Langson

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