Category Archives: Hughes (Langston)

Top 10 Parent-Child Classics (Positive)

A top ten list of classics with positive depictions of parent-child relationships.

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Life for the Poor Is No Crystal Stair

NYT columnist Charles Blow appears to be channeling Langston Hughes as he gives advice to the poor.

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Langston Hughes, Profound Conversations

Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” opened up a profound conversation with our building’s housekeeping staff.

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Elated? Depressed? This Lit’s for You

Lit to caution election night winners and bolster election night losers.

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I Hear America Singing

Today, for July 4, I offer up two ultra-American poems. Walt Whitman embraces multitudes” in “I Hear America Singing,” and Langston Hughes, in an addendum, mentions some of those Americans that, in the past, have been forgotten. May we all remember that America is astounding in its willingness to open itself to all people.

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How to Write a “True” Essay about Lit

When I wasn’t teaching class yesterday, I was continuing my marathon essay-grading session. I took a break to write today’s post, however, and used a well-known poem by Langston Hughes to reflect on what I was asking my students to do. In “Theme for English B,” the only black student in a college composition course […]

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Barack and Huck, Babo, Hamlet, etc.

I’m fascinated by the way that literature has helped shape and guide different American president, a subject I’ve written about in the past. Thus I was thrilled to stumble across a Barack Obama reading list compiled shortly after his inauguration. I don’t know how I missed it. According to the website The Curious Autodidact (great […]

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