|"Cafe" by Wiilliam H. Johnson from Harlem Renaissance Art|
Click on each picture for a large version and its source.
e-texts of essays and poems
1. "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"
2. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
--some questions for
--brief analysis of the poem
--interpretation of the poem
--Another interpretation of the poem
3. "The South"
4. "Mother to Son"
5. "When Sue Wears Red" and other Hughes' poems
6. "Jazzonia" together with cover of the dust jacket for Hughes' first book The Weary Blues:
--analysis of the poem
7. "The Weary Blues"
--brief student response
10. "Song for a Dark Girl"
11. "The Bitter River"
12. "Dream Boogie"
13. "Harlem "
--See our English
--video clip of the poem
--student essay about the poem
|1. The Weary Blues||the song|
|2. Suicide||the song|
|3. Bad Man||the song|
|4. Po' Boy Blues||the song|
|5. Homesick Blues||the song|
|6. Gal's Cry For a Dying Lover||the song|
|7. Listen Here Blues||the song|
|8. Ma Man||the song|
|9. Out of Work||the song|
|10. Evenin' Air Blues||the song|
|11. Red Clay Blues (co-written with Richard Wright)||the song|
|12. Six Bits Blues||the song|
|13. The Backlash Blues||the song|
Langston Hughes was one of the writers
and artists who helped to revitalize African-American art
and literature in the 1920s. That group of artists and writers promoted the resurgence of interest
and enthusiasm for African-American art in what is now called the Harlem Renaissance.
a good introduction to the Harlem Renaissance.
(This site also features links to various writers from the Harlem
Renaissance and a link which lets you listen to some music from that
period. That music might help you understand the poem "Jazzonia.")
"Street Life -- Harlem" (ca. 1939-40)
by William H. Johnson, from William H. Johnson's Gallery
1. An interesting statement by a student explaining why Langston Hughes is his favorite poet
2. online student responses to several of
the poems we are reading, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
3. A review of The Collected Poems of
Langston Hughes that discusses important issues and
themes in Hughes' poetry
4. link to The Langston Hughes Review
5. online audio recording of four stories
by Hughes about the character Simple
***The background picture is "Lenox
Avenue" by Sargent Johnson. It is taken from Harlem