In the poem "I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes, the speaker talks of being discriminated against because of his skin color. The speaker talks of a dream he has in which he will not be judged for his race. More »

In the poem "Life Is Fine" by Langston Hughes, the speaker talks about things he might do if other circumstances did not exist. For one, if the water in the river was not so cold, he would stay in and drown. If his apart... More »

When performing critical analysis of the poetry of Langston Hughes, readers should be aware of the context and time during which the poem was written and the cadence of the poem. Hughes wrote about the experiences of wor... More »

"Salvation" is a short personal narrative from Langston Hughes' childhood about the struggle to reconcile adult concepts with a childish mind. Detailing an afternoon he spends in a church waiting for a literal light and ... More »

A major critic of Langston Hughes' "Mother to Son" was Aidan Wasley. Wasley wrote an essay on the poem exploring its place in African-American history. He argues that the mother in the poem represents the African-America... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics

The overriding theme of Langston Hughes' short story "Salvation," is of disillusionment with organized religion. As one of the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes believed that African Americans should celebrate th... More »

Langston Hughes' famous "Refugees in America" was first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943, addressing issues of equality for all Americans. At a time still long before the Civil Rights Movement, during a war... More »