Monday, January 20, 2014

Review of "Let America Be America Again" by Langston Hughes

"Let America Be America Again" by Langston Hughes was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on January 20, 2014.  A link to the poem may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) (pictured) was known for his influence on the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.  He wrote eleven plays and several novels as well as a large body of poetry.  Additional biographical information may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/83?utm_source=PAD%3A+Let+America+Be+America+Again+by+Langston+Hughes&utm_campaign=poemaday_012014&utm_medium=email

According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_America_be_America_Again, "Let America Be America Again" was composed in 1935 and published in Esquire Magazine in 1936.  It is interesting and sad to note how the message of the poem still resonates today, almost eighty years later.

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