Langston Hughes was a poet and author whose work using African-American themes made him one of the primary contributors to the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He also found fame as a social activist, playwright and colu... More »

Langston Hughes contributed greatly to society with his poetry, books and plays. Hughes was also a columnist for the Chicago Defender. Many consider Hughes to have been an important writer during the Harlem Renaissance i... 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 »

As a poet, novelist and critic, Langston Hughes helped shape the Harlem Renaissance. He became the first black American to earn his living by writing and giving public lectures. He wrote a series of books about a man nam... More »

Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent black poets of the Harlem Renaissance. His accomplishments include publishing his first poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," to critical acclaim; winning several major literar... 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 »

In "Dream Variations," Langston Hughes wants a carefree life free of discrimination and prosecution. The first stanza describes his dream and the feelings he enjoyed in the past. In the second stanza, the poet is dreamin... More »