Langston Hughes was born in the early 1900’s where abolishment of slavery had just ceased in America. The 13th amendment which stated, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States." Langston Hughes was fortunate to have lived in a time where African Americans were encouraged to observe their legacy. You can see his words fiercely lashing out in behalf of African Americans who, not too long ago, were freed from slavery. The unspoken is now loud and clear through his poems.
“Song for a Dark Girl”, “Consider Me”, “Dream Deferred”, and many more focuses on African American hardships. “Dream Deferred” enables readers to ponder over the American dream. Many travel afar to live this dream but what happens wh...en obstacles seem to the idealist, unattainable, because of his color? This poem heightens the awareness of what happened during that time. Yes, African Americans were free from slavery but did they reach their goals? Hughes stated in his poem, “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?” If you have a “heavy load”, you think of ways of how to lessen the burden. By Hughes referring to a dream sagging like a heavy load could indicate that by not making an effort to obtain your goals, a dream can become a burden that you no longer want to carry. If it 'explodes', it can flourish into something beautiful. Turn on the television; you will see an abundance of explosion from African Americans that are living their dreams!
In conclusion, Langston Hughes has written extraordinary poetic verses that circulate around the world today. His frequent use of the word, “negro” and broken English was appropriate for his generation. Today, if an author decides to write poems as Hughes, he possibly could be looking at a lawsuit from a sensitive African American.
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