EN 102 G Essay 1
February 9, 2012
My English 102 “Theme for English B “Essay
James Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents were divorced when he was a little boy, and his father moved to Mexico. Hughes was raised by his grandmother until he was a teenager. When he was in Lincoln, Illinois, that Hughes began writing poetry while living with his mother. Following graduation, he spent a year in Mexico and a year at Columbia University. Hughes's poetry absorbed the rhythms of blues and jazz and the dialect of African American speech that he heard around him living in New York. Eventually he met poet Vachel Lindsay, who liked his poems and promoted them. In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D.C. Hughes's first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926. He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. In 1930 his first novel, Not without Laughter, won the Harmon gold medal for literature. Langston Hughes throughout his years was one of the greatest figures of the Harlem Renaissance, an African-American cultural movement during the 1920s. Hughes continued writing through the 1930s and the 1940s; he was "Harlem's Poet." When Hughes died in 1967, a jazz band played at his funeral.
Langston Hughes’s “Theme for English B” explains stress that is related to the poet’s race, family life, education, and socio-economic status. People may say his poem’s promotes a racial protest, but “Theme for English B” discharges a more complicated tone of both pride and frustration. “Hughes explains that the poem is about a young man who is 22 from Winston-Salem who is asked by his instructor to write a paper for a class. He tries to find out who he is, but has to fight with the troubles of racism.” At the same time, he shows how we influence each other, Caucasians influencing blacks and blacks influencing Caucasians. Part of our human experience is to learn from one...