Faces of Black Excellence October 10, 2019 at 01:30 pm

Our lives in their words: These are the 10 best black poets of the 20th Century

Nii Ntreh October 10, 2019 at 01:30 pm

October 10, 2019 at 01:30 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

Langston Hughes. Photo Credit: WSJ.com

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was one of the earliest 20th-century poets to concede that his writing was for the essential benefit of black people. He was identified with the Negritude movement.

In poetry collection such as Montage for a Dream Deferred and Shakespeare in Harlem, Hughes was not afraid to utilise jazz just as modern black poets would hip-hop.

Perhaps, his most known poem I, Too best encapsulates the themes of defiance and freedom associated with his blackness.

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