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Langston Hughes Writing Styles in Vintage Hughes

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Point of View

Hughes takes up myriad points of view in his poems and in so doing crosses boundaries of race, age, and gender frequently. In our analysis of the poems we refer often to the poetic voice or the poet. Neither of these can be taken as direct expressions of Hughes own subjectivity or perspective, as he sought, through his poetry, to see through the eyes of many people. Though the points of view Hughes takes up are varied, they do fall into a few general classes. Voices of hope and voices of despair predominate in those poems that are anthems or protests. They two voices are radically different in that one is unrelentingly utopian and positive while the other sees death and darkness everywhere; but, in another sense, the two voices are very closely related. They are both the bold positions of a person struggling in the...

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