Raymond Smith: On "Negro"
In Hughes's poetry, the central element of importance is the affirmation of blackness. Everything that distinguished Hughes's poetry from the white avant-garde poets of the twenties revolved around this important affirmation. Musical idioms, jazz rhythms, Hughes's special brand of "black-white" irony, and dialect were all dependent on the priority of black selfhood:
I am a Negro Black as the night is black Black like the depths of my Africa.
From Victor Kramer, ed. The Harlem Renaissance Re-examined (1987).
|Title||Raymond Smith: On "Negro"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Raymond Smith||Criticism Target||Langston Hughes|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||13 Sep 2015|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||Harlem Renaissance Re-examined|
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