Harlem Renaissance Essay

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The two authors that I will be addressing is that of Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Dubois. These are two well respected authors who provided perspective and advancement of artistic, social, educational, and political views of the New Negro Movement of the Harlem Renaissance Era. I will be dicussing in more detail each of the author's role and importance in the Harlem Renaisssance. The first author I will be discussing is Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes contributed a tremendous influence on black culture throughout the United States during the era known as the Harlem Renaissance. He is usually considered to be one of the most prolific and most-recognized black poets of the Harlem Renaissance. He broke through barriers that very few black artists had done before this period. Hughes was presented with a great opportunity with the rise of black art during the 1920's and by his creative style of poetry, which used black culture as its basis and still appealed to all ethnicities. Hughes cast off the influences of white poets and wrote with the rhythmic meter of blues and jazz.Until the Harlem Renaissance, poetry and literature were dominated by white people and were all about white culture. However, during the 1920's,Langston Hughes help bring about an explosion of black literature to influence the masses. His poems played a major role in the New Negro Movement of the 1920's. The second author that I will be discussing is W.E.B. Dubois also a major figure in the influence of The New Negro Movement. Dubois is responsible for the thought process and explanation of the "double-consiousness" of the negro of that day, and for today as well. This information was written in a collection of essays called the "The Souls of Black Folk" . The double consciousness is described as a conflict with the Negro to bascially perserve his birth culture, while attempting to acheive success
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