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Brilliant, Beautiful, and Black
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
Langston is an incredible writer. He is very concerned with his skin and what it means to have this pigment define who he is. During his day, this was extremely sensitive and controversial. Some unenlightened and bigoted people today continue to have biased opinions of people due to skin color, ethnic background, or class distinctions, only to be fooled by their misguided pompas belief of superiority.
Langston is a true human being. One searching for the beauty in every day life. Love in a hate filled world. Though at times he can be biased towards his own "race", it is understandable, for many tend to look down on themselves and Mr Hughes is clearly intending to build people up and to believe in themselves that they are in fact worthy of a better life and should be recognized as Real people, not as a lower form of person. Many passages made me cry in reading his passion and pain while enduring racism.
In respect to him as just a poet, regardless of subject matter, he is purely inspiring and incredibly profound. Langston can speak in almost haiku form even in traditional Western verses. He can say so much in a single line, packed with meaning and insight.
I have read quotes and reviews that state he was one of the greatest poets of modern literature or of the 20th century. This is an understatement. Can we not stop viewing our ancient poets as greater than modern ones? Can we please simply admit that one of the truly greatest poets ever, lived during the 20th century. And his name was Langston Hughes.