poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes Quotes

  • ''While over Alabama earth
    These words are gently spoken:
    Serve—and hate will die unborn.
    Love—and chains are broken.''
    Langston Hughes (20th century), U.S. poet and author. Edited by Arna Bontemps. "Alabama Earth (at Booker Washington's grave)," Golden Slippers (1941).
    126 person liked.
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  • ''The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
    The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
    The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. April Rain Song (l. 4-6). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. (1985) Oxford University Press.
    102 person liked.
    33 person did not like.
  • ''Babies and gin and church
    And women and Sunday
    All mixed with dimes and
    Dollars and clean spittoons
    And house rent to pay.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Brass Spittoons (l. 26-30). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
    89 person liked.
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  • ''Clean the spittoons.
    The steam in hotel kitchens,
    And the smoke in hotel lobbies,
    And the slime in hotel spittoons:
    Part of my life.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Brass Spittoons (l. 6-10). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
    87 person liked.
    39 person did not like.
  • ''Hold fast to dreams
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet and author. "Dreams," Golden Slippers, ed. Arna Bontemps (1941).
    252 person liked.
    38 person did not like.
  • ''Night coming tenderly
    Black like me.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Dream Variation (l. 16-17). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    114 person liked.
    34 person did not like.
  • ''Brown sugar lassie,
    Caramel treat,
    Honey-gold baby
    Sweet enough to eat.
    Peach-skinned girlie,''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Harlem Sweeties (l. 5-9). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
    107 person liked.
    34 person did not like.
  • ''They'll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed—

    I, too, am America.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. I, Too (l. 16-18). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    145 person liked.
    28 person did not like.
  • ''I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen
    When company comes,''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. I, Too (l. 1-4). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
    112 person liked.
    32 person did not like.
  • ''I, too, sing America.
    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes.
    But I laugh,
    And eat well,
    And grow strong.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet, author. Survey Graphic (March 1925). I, Too, Selected Poems (1954).
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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?