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Langston Hughes

Data de nascimento: 1. Fevereiro 1902
Data de falecimento: 22. Maio 1967
Outros nomes: لنقستون هیوز, James Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes foi um poeta americano, ativista social, novelista, dramaturgo e colunista para Joplin, Missouri.

Ele foi um dos primeiros inovadores da então nova forma de arte literaria chamada poesia-jazz. Hughes é mais conhecido como um dos líderes do movimento "harlem renaissance". Ele escreveu sobre o famoso período em que "o negro estava na moda", o qual depois foi parafraseado para "quando Harlem estava na moda".

Citações Langston Hughes

„Agarre-se a seus sonhos, pois, se eles morrerem, a vida será como um pássaro de asa quebrada, incapaz de voar.“

—  Langston Hughes

Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly
The Collected Works of Langston Hughes‎ - Página 409, de Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad, Dolan Hubbard, Leslie Catherine Sanders, Steven Carl Tracy - Publicado por University of Missouri Press, 2001, ISBN 0826213944, 9780826213945 - 632 páginas

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„Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.“

—  Langston Hughes

"Dreams," from the anthology Golden Slippers: An Anthology of Negro Poetry for Young Readers, ed. Arna Bontemps (1941)

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„Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.“

—  Langston Hughes

"A Note on Humor", from The Book of Negro Humor https://books.google.com/books?id=60FkAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22Humor+is+laughing+at+what+you+haven%27t+got+when+you+ought+to+have+it.%22, p. vii (1966)

„You are white —
yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.“

—  Langston Hughes

"Theme from English B"
Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)
Contexto: You are white —
yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.
That’s American.
Sometimes perhaps you don’t want to be a part of me.
Nor do I often want to be a part of you.
But we are, that’s true!
As I learn from you,
I guess you learn from me —
although you’re older — and white —
and somewhat more free.

„I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.“

—  Langston Hughes

"I, Too, Sing America," in the magazine Survey Graphic (March 1925); reprinted in Selected Poems (1959)
Contexto: I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

„What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?“

—  Langston Hughes

"Harlem"
Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)
Contexto: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore —
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over —
like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load. Or does it explode?

„The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!“

—  Langston Hughes

Let America Be America Again (1935)
Contexto: Sure, call me any ugly name you choose —
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

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