Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the s, a period known as the "Harlem Renaissance" because of the number of emerging black writers.
His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his father moved to Mexico. He was raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen, when he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her husband, before the family eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio.
It was in Lincoln that Hughes began writing poetry.
After graduating from high school, he spent a year in Mexico followed by a year at Columbia University in New York City. During this time, he held odd jobs such as assistant cook, launderer, and busboy.
He also travelled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman. In Novemberhe moved to Washington, D.
He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later. His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the s. Unlike other notable black poets of the period—Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Countee Cullen—Hughes refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black America.
He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering and their love of music, laughter, and language itself.
The critic Donald B. During the twenties when most American poets were turning inward, writing obscure and esoteric poetry to an ever decreasing audience of readers, Hughes was turning outward, using language and themes, attitudes and ideas familiar to anyone who had the ability simply to read.
Until the time of his death, he spread his message humorously—though always seriously—to audiences throughout the country, having read his poetry to more people possibly than any other American poet. Knopf, The Panther and the Lash: Knopf, Ask Your Mama: Knopf, Remember Me to Harlem:“MOTHER TO SON” OF LANGSTON HUGHES “Mother to Son” of Langston Hughes is my favorite.
What the mother in the poem tries to tell her son is that there will be many rough roads that he has to go by in his life but she hopes that he will not give and complete it like his mother. In A Raisin in the Sun, the story is thematically aligned with Langston Hughes's poem ''Mother to Son''.
Answer and Explanation: In A Raisin in the Sun, the poem by Langston Hughes where the. Mar 28, · Langston Hughes' Mother to Son In this poem, Hughes writes about a mother speaking to her son about life's experiences. He uses the metaphor of a crystal alphabetnyc.com: Resolved.
In Daniel Beaty’s poem “Dance Mama Dance,” the speaker discusses his single mother and how he wishes she would dance. Pair “Mother to Son” with “Dance Mama Dance” and ask student to discuss the similar themes of the two poems.
“Mother to Son,” one of Langston Hughes’s earliest poems, takes the form of a dramatic monologue; that is, a poem spoken not in the poet’s own voice but in that of a particular imagined speaker, in this case a weary mother addressing her son.
My Dear Boy brings a largely unexplored dimension of Langston Hughes to light. Carmaletta Williams and John Edgar Tidwell explain that scholars have neglected the vital role that correspondence between Carrie Hughes and her son Langston―Harlem Renaissance icon, renowned poet, playwright, fiction writer, autobiographer, and .