poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes Quotes

  • ''I was so sick last night I
    Didn't hardly know my mind.
    So sick last night I
    Didn't know my mind.
    I drunk some bad licker that
    Almost made me blind.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Morning After (l. 1-6). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
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  • ''Way Down South in Dixie
    (Break the heart of me)
    They hung my black young lover
    To a cross roads tree.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Song for a Dark Girl (l. 1-4). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    3215 person liked.
    1355 person did not like.
  • ''Love is a naked shadow
    On a gnarled and naked tree.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Song for a Dark Girl (l. 11-12). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    2532 person liked.
    1122 person did not like.
  • ''I swear to the Lord
    I still can't see
    Why Democracy means
    Everybody but me.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet, author. The Black Man Speaks, Jim Crow's Last Stand (1943).
    2943 person liked.
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  • ''here
    to this college on the hill above Harlem
    I am the only colored student in my class.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Theme for English B (l. 8-10). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    702 person liked.
    281 person did not like.
  • ''So will my page be colored that I write?
    Being me, it will not be white.
    But it will be
    a part of you, instructor.
    You are white—
    yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Theme for English B (l. 27-32). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    345 person liked.
    119 person did not like.
  • ''As I learn from you,
    I guess you learn from me—
    although you're older—and white—
    and somewhat more free.

    This is my page for English B.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Theme for English B (l. 37-41). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    343 person liked.
    100 person did not like.
  • ''I've known rivers:
    Ancient, dusky rivers.

    My soul has grown deep like the rivers.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. The Negro Speaks of Rivers (l. 11-13). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    324 person liked.
    111 person did not like.
  • ''The singer stopped playing and went to bed
    While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
    He slept like a rock or a man that's dead.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. The Weary Blues (l. 1-5). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    313 person liked.
    94 person did not like.
  • ''Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
    Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
    I heard a Negro play.

    Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
    By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. The Weary Blues (l. 1-5). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    278 person liked.
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Best Poem of Langston Hughes

As I Grew Older

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun—
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky—
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into...

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Problems

2 and 2 are 4.
4 and 4 are 8.

But what would happen
If the last 4 was late?

And how would it be
If one 2 was me?

Or if the first 4 was you
Divided by 2?