Love And Necessity In Langston Hughes' Poetry

Love in Langston Hughes' poems takes on several forms, always running on the undercurrent of immediacy. This immediacy is rooted in black people's struggle for survival in the historically oppressive context of slavery, lynching, and racism. In this paper I will examine two of Hughes' poems in particular, Song For A Dark Girl (Hughes, 104), and Lenox Avenue: Midnight (Hughes, 92). Through my analysis of these poems, I will demonstrate that love in black experience is also connected to black people's search for language, religion and power.

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