Langston Hughes Poetry Analysis

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"Art is the illusion in which we see the truth"- Pablo Picasso

Langston Hughes clearly connects with a wide range of audiences through the simplicity that surrounds his poetry. The beauty of this manner in which he wrote his poetry, is that it grasp people by illustrating his narratives of the common lifestyles experienced by the current American generation. His art form expresses certain questionable ideologies of life and exposes to the audience what it takes to fully comprehend what being an American truly means. Each individual poem describes and illustrates the strength and hardships the African American community was experiencing. Through his literature art form of poetry, Hughes was able to convey the common assertions of
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Still here is a great example that illustrates these common assertions. " I've been scared and battered. My hopes the wind done scattered. Snow has friz me, sun has baked me. Looks like between 'em, they done tried to make me, Stop laughing, stop lovin' stop livin'- But I don't care! I'm still here!" (Conarroe pg 242, 1-8). It is through this poem that the audience can grasp the idea behind the strength and influence that Hughes bestows upon the reader. Hughes begins to illustrate to the reader the constant hardships and sorrow, but still, one has a sense of to hang on and overcome theses battles. Using illusions and references to nature, he reflects the contrast of prevailing in life. Although his "hopes" have vanishes along with the wind, he will stay and struggle to achieve the idea of happiness.
Hughes also begins to critique the views of the white American culture has upon the black community. In Share-Croppers, we are told a story of how the "negroes" often provide most of the work, yet the white boss usually takes the money for their work. Within the narrative, Hughes expresses the complaints of the black community had. This poem gave insight to the harsh realities that most slaves were put upon. "Leaves us hungry, ragged, As we were before. Year by year goes by, And we are nothing more." (Conarroe pg 245, 9-12). Although, suppose changed had occurred, Hughes uses the comparison of slavery to express the racism and treatment of the black population. The line "