Poems by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)


Select and examine any two poems by Langston Hughes (1902-1967) within the context of the Harlem Renaissance, that is, “race,” and the excerpt from Hughes’ essay titled “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (p. 816 of your textbook). Like Walt Whitman, Hughes has also been described as a “Confessional Poet.” Hughes has also been described as and a “Blues Poet.” To what extent would you agree, as Hughes is reported to have once done or said, that the “Harlem Poet Laureate” was, indeed, the “Literary Grandson” of Whitman? Explain some similarities and differences that you recognize between the poetry of Hughes and Whitman.


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Select and discuss any one poem from Anne Sexton (pp. 1408-1413) or Sylvia Plath (pp. 1442-1449) within the context of “Confessional Poetry.” Explain what you like about the poem of your choice or you do not like about the same.



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