poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes Quotes

  • ''I could take the Harlem night
    and wrap around you,
    Take the neon lights and make a crown,
    Take the Lenox Avenue buses,
    Taxis, subways,
    And for your love song tone their rumble down.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Juke Box Love Song (l. 1-6). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
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  • ''What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Lenox Avenue Mural (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
    118 person liked.
    47 person did not like.
  • ''Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Lenox Avenue Mural (l. 9-11). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
    81 person liked.
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  • ''“Life is for the living.
    Death is for the dead.
    Let life be like music.
    And death a note unsaid.” ''
    Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
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  • ''“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ''
    Langston Hughes
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  • ''“I went down to the river,
    I set down on the bank.
    I tried to think but couldnt,
    So I jumped in and sank.” ''
    Langston Hughes
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  • ''“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.

    I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”''
    Langston Hughes
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  • ''“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”''
    Langston Hughes
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  • ''“Looks like what drives me crazy
    Dont have no effect on you--
    But Im gonna keep on at it
    Till it drives you crazy, too.” ''
    Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
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  • ''“I loved my friend
    He went away from me
    Theres nothing more to say
    The poem ends,
    Soft as it began-
    I loved my friend.” ''
    Langston Hughes
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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?