poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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The City

In the morning the city
Spreads its wings
Making a song
In stone that sings.

In the evening the city
Goes to bed
Hanging lights
Above its head.

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Poem Edited: Thursday, July 23, 2015

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  • Suryendu Chaudhury (10/12/2020 8:35:00 AM)

    Not a very apt account, nonetheless there's an inherent sweetness in this short piece that attracts the attention.

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  • Nicholas (2/18/2020 9:54:00 AM)

    It is good for a great drawing

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  • Tazzy (4/2/2018 11:23:00 AM)

    I get the feeling, from his writing, that Hughes loved the city. This is one of his most poignant works, but again, short and to-the-point. Two stanzas and he made you feel how much he loved the city life. I wish I had a quarter of his talent.

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  • Ernest Abeytia (3/28/2018 3:19:00 PM)

    This work describes 24 hours of life in the city with 28 words. What a work of art!

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  • Thomas Cabaniss (1/23/2018 9:49:00 AM)

    The last line contains an error. The original poem says About its head. - not above. Please check the Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (ed. Arnold Rampersad)

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  • Tom Allport (2/12/2017 3:09:00 PM)

    a good descripted poem that gives a brief taste of a cities daily life.

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (12/6/2016 9:40:00 AM)

    A nice word-portrait of a city...good to read

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (9/27/2015 2:00:00 PM)

    The man can paint a picture and a mood with so few well chosen words.

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