100-Day Project 82-87
Being walkers with the dawn and morning,
Walkers with the sun and morning,
We are not afraid of night,
Nor days of gloom,
Being walkers with the sun and morning.
–Langston Hughes, “Walkers With the Dawn”
Twentieth Century poet, novelist, playwright, and journalist Langston Hughes has been in and out of fashion with both critics and other African-American artists since he came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s. Like some of the poets that influenced him, Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, he preferred to reflect with pride the language and culture of ordinary black lives rather than intellectualized or idealized concerns and ideas.
Hughes was one of the first American poets to use the rhythms of jazz and blues in his writing. He wanted his work to be read and understood by all people, not just an elite and educated few, and in this he succeeded.
I’m almost caught up with my grid posts, and I hope to post #100 on the actual 100th day.
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