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Poems (Lh3): 1951-1967
     

Poems (Lh3): 1951-1967

by Arnold Rampersad, Langston Hughes
 

ISBN-10: 0826213413

ISBN-13: 9780826213419

Pub. Date: 06/18/2001

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

Volume 3 collects the poems of the last period of Hughes's life. Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951) brilliantly fused the modernist dissonances of bebop jazz with his perception of Harlem life as both a triumph of hope and a deepening crisis ("What happens to a dream deferred?"). In the tumultuous following years, he refused to relinquish the

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Volume 3 collects the poems of the last period of Hughes's life. Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951) brilliantly fused the modernist dissonances of bebop jazz with his perception of Harlem life as both a triumph of hope and a deepening crisis ("What happens to a dream deferred?"). In the tumultuous following years, he refused to relinquish the mantle of the poet, as may be seen in his inspired last two books of verse, Ask Your Mama (1961) and The Panther and the Lash (1967). The former demonstrates Hughes's continuing alertness to the significance of black music as a guide to American reality; here, avant-garde jazz rhythms and allusions fueled an intensity of language that predicted the cultural upheavals of the sixties and seventies. Hughes's last volume, combining old and new poems, emphasized the struggle for civil rights in the face of reactionary defiance, on the one hand, and the volatility of Black Power, on the other. Vigorous and versatile to the end, Hughes concluded his career as he had begun it: a master poet dedicated to observing and celebrating African American culture in its full complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826213419
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
06/18/2001
Series:
COLLECTED WORK LANGSTON HUGHES Series , #3
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Chronologyxi
Introduction1
A Note on the Text13
Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)15
Ask Your Mama (1961)79
The Panther and the Lash (1967)127
Uncollected Poems, 1951-1960189
Uncollected Poems, 1961-1967243
AppendixPoems Circulated by the Associated Negro Press263
Index of First Lines301
Index of Titles305
Cumulative Index of First Lines309
Cumulative Index of Titles320

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