An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.
– Langston Hughes
James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet and one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form jazz poetry. A leader of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes poetry depicts real lives of blacks in the lower social-economic strata and and prejudices based on skin colour. He used his poetry as a cultural protest towards the social and political causes he believed in. Langston Hughes is best known for his Black folk rhythms. He used humor, loneliness and despair, to imitate the sound of blues and jazz music with words.
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back. …Read more »