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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) by [Hughes, Langston]
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125th Street
Afro-american Fragment
American Heartbreak
Angels Wings
As Befits A Man
As I Grew Older
Aunt Sue's Stories
Bad Luck Card
Bad Morning
Ballad Of A Man Who's Gone
Ballad Of The Fortune Teller
Ballad Of The Girl Whose Name Is Mud
Ballad Of The Gypsy
Ballad Of The Landlord
Be-bop Boys
Beale Street
Black Maria
A Black Pierrot
Blue Bayou
Blue Monday
Blues At Dawn
Boogie: 1 A.m.
Border Line
Bound No'th Blues
Cafe: 3 A.m.
Children's Rhymes (1)
College Formal: Renaissance Casino
Comment On Curb
Consider Me
Corner Meeting
Could Be
Danse Africaine
Daybreak In Alabama
Dead In There
Down And Out
Dream Boogie
Dream Boogie: Variation
Dream Dust
Dream Variations [or, Variation]
Early Evening Quarrel
Easy Boogie
Elevator Boy
Evening Song
Fantasy In Purple
Feet O' Jesus
Final Curve
Flatted Fifths
Freedom Train
Freedom's Plow
Genius Child
Georgia Dusk
Gone Boy
Good Morning
Green Memory
Gypsy Melodies
Hard Daddy
Harlem Night Song
Havana Dreams
High To Low
A House In Taos
I, Too
In Explanation Of Our Times
In Time Of Silver Rain
Interne At Provident
Island (1)
Island (2)
Jam Session
Joe Louis
Judgment Day
Juke Box Love Song
Kid In The Park
Kid Sleepy
Ku Klux
Lady's Boogie
Late Last Night
Life Is Fine
Little Green Tree
Little Lyric (of Great Importance)
Live And Let Live
Long Trip
Lover's Return
Low To High
Lunch In A Jim Crow Car
Madam And Her Madam
Madam And Her Might-have-been
Madam And The Census Man
Madam And The Charity Child
Madam And The Fortune Teller
Madam And The Minister
Madam And The Number Writer
Madam And The Phone Bill
Madam And The Rent Man
Madam And The Wrong Visitor
Madam's Calling Cards
Madam's Past History
Magnolia Flowers
Mama And Daughter
March Moon
Me And The Mule
Mexican Market Woman
Midnight Dancer: To A Balck Dancer In The Little Savoy
Midnight Raffle
Midwinter Blues
Miss Blues'es Child
Monroe's Blues
Moonlight Night: Carmel
Morning After
Mother To Son
My People
The Negro Mother
The Negro Speaks Of Rivers
Neon Signs
New Yorkers
Night Funeral In Harlem
Night: Four Songs
Nightmare Boogie
No Regrets
Not A Movie
Note On Commercial Theatre
October 16: The Raid
Old Walt
One-way Ticket
Port Town
Prayer Meeting
Question (2)
Railroad Avenue
Refugee In America
Reverie On The Harlem River
Roland Hayes Beaten (georgia: 1942)
Ruby Brown
Same In Blues
Sea Calm
Shame On You
Sliver Of Sermon
So Long
Song For A Dark Girl
Song For Billie Holiday
The South
Southern Mammy Sings
Still Here
Stony Lonesome
Strange Hurt [she Knows]
Street Song
Subway Rush Hour
Suicide's Note
Summer Evening
Sun Song
Sunday By The Combination
Sunday Morning Prophecy
Sylvester's Dying Bed
Tell Me
Theme For English B
Third Degree
Three Songs About Lynching: Silhouette
To Artina
To Be Somebody
Troubled Woman
Trumpet Player
Uncle Tom
Warning: Augmented
Water-front Streets
The Weary Blues
West Texas
What? So Soon!
When Sue Wears Red
Who But The Lord?
Widow Woman
Winter Moon
World War Ii
Young Gal's Blues
Young Sailor
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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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.

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  • File Size: 2991 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (October 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C2SHK6
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I had read several Hughes poems before buying this book, but I will admit that I had no grasp on the extent of his talent. These vivid poems were chosen by Hughes personally before his death in 1967.
They do so well to paint a picture of the time he lived -- of the blues, of love, of passion, of choices. He writes about faith and protest in a way that will move you.
I have read all of the poems exactly as they are placed in the book several times. I think I keep going back to them because this is poetry free of pretense -- it is grounded in reality and in sorrow.
Independent of age, of your ethnicity, and of your literary grasp, you will enjoy these poems. Simple and superb -- read them out loud.
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Langston Hughes wrote poetry of exquisite pain and beauty throughout his life. His poetry can be sparse and rhythmic. It evinces visions of cities, the south, churches and deep muddy rivers.
Hughes touches on every subject important to life in 20th century America: family, friends, race, religion,love, music, prejudice and poverty. Each poem sparingly provides an image in words. Together these poems represent the great work of a true artist of the American Poetry.
One of his most popular and poignant poems is Harlem. It contains such beauty in his phrase - "a dream deferred" and such power in his words or does it explode?
I recommend this highly to anyone interested in modern poets and poetry.
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"Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" is a rich selection from several decades of this poet's work. Hughes (1902-1967) is a poet of many moods and voices. His work is at times mournful, humorous, sensuous, or ironic. Many poems capture the rhythms of African-American vernacular speech. A number of narrative poems tell stories of Black life, and a number of his best poems feature female speakers. He also writes poems of social protest that deal with the anti-Black violence that has plagued the United States for so much of its history.
The poems in this book are divided into several sections. One of my favorite such sections, "Feet of Jesus," contains poems which evoke the prayers, preaching, and religious songs of African-American churches. "Madam to You" contains a number of poems in which Alberta K. Johnson tells her story. A strong-willed entrepreneur who often challenges authority figures, "Madam" is one of the most delightful characters in African-American literature.
The other sections of the book contain many of Hughes' most memorable poems: the sensuous "Midnight Dancer" ("Lips / Sweet as purple dew"), "Mother to Son" ("Life for me ain't been no crystal stair"), "Theme for English B" ("I am the only colored student in my class"), and "I, Too" ("I, too, sing America. / I am the darker brother").
The lines I quoted from "I, Too" may call to mind Walt Whitman's great American poem "Leaves of Grass." Indeed, I consider Hughes to be one of the great 20th century poetic heirs of Whitman, and "Selected Poems" is a magnificent testament to Hughes' passion and vision.
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Langston Hughes' poems makes my knees knock. There is a little thrill with each poem, like I'm landing in a vat of buttermilk, and splashing happily about. With the subject matters he dares tackle one would think it'd be more realistic to walk away from a deluge of his work in deep depression.

Not so.

Instead I walked away with a dreamy smile and knocking knees. His ability to cull the beauty from the horror

I'm wordless.
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The title of W.E.B. DuBois' classic work, The Souls of Black Folk, would also be an apt description of the poetry of Langston Hughes. This book reads like one great communal voice, where various characters and speakers relate a shared experience from different angles. Hughes knew undoubtedly how to transport you to a particular time and place. Though I'll admit, one or two of the sections became tedious to read because of the excessive repetition and similarity between the poems chosen.
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This book of poetry was so fun and fast-paced that I read it all in one sitting. Some of the poems are so incredibly simple that they speak right to you and you say "hmm... that's so true", but the concept is so deep you never would have thought about it in such a simple way. Other poems are really inspiring and they will make you think a lot about them before going on to the next one.
In this Vintage Edition, the poems are grouped according to categories. For instance, "Afro-American Fragments" has a whole series of poems that speak of slavery and segregation that helped me understand even better the life of the people who overcame these tragedies, while "Lament Over Love" speaks about the pains of unrequited love that just about anyone can relate to. One of my favorite categories was "Madam to You", which is a series of poems all about one lady and what she does during her life, such as "Madam and the Rent Man" and "Madam and the Phone Bill Collector".
I was lucky to have read these poems so soon after reading The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois, because it embraced the theme of double conciousness that I found there. It also showed the double conciousness of African-Americans in regard to religion, which is an important theme in DuBois' book.
While I read the book I marked the pages of the poems I liked a lot. By the time I was finished I had a huge amount of dog-eared pages marking my "favorite" spots!
I haven't read many complete books of poetry but I extremely enjoyed this one and it prompted me to read more. I recommend it for anyone, whether you're new to reading a lot of poetry at once (like me), or whether you are a poetry fanatic who for some reason have failed to get your hands on poetry by Langston Hughes yet.
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