Saturday, March 17, 2007

Who are LH and WW?

I've not read a whole lot of his poetry but one of my favorite poets is Langston Hughes (1902-1967). He is sometimes associated with the African-American cultural movement of the 1920s and '30s called Harlem Renaissance. One thing that I like about his poetry is simply how he captures the life of every day people which is also why I like Walt Whitman's (1819-1892) poetry. I think it's interesting that Hughes cited Whitman as one of his influences. Naturally both of them are an influence on the poetry that I have written. At some point I might post three poems (one by each of us) that are related to each other.

Of course Hughes often wrote about "black America" and the poem "Youth" is probably geared toward marching toward racial equality but this poem is inspiring to me in a general sense of achieving anything you are reaching for. When I first added the snippet from Whitman I wanted it to hint that I didn't think it mattered if I ever posted something in contradiction to a previous post but I don't know if it's really needed that much. Mostly I just wanted to have something by him on the website! This is a small portion of his huge poem (50 or 60 cantos) "Song of Myself".

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