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Langston Hughes

by Elizabeth from Baltimore

Have you ever thought to do a hero essay on a famous person who is a famous poet? In Fact, I’m doing my hero essay on Langston Hughes. To give you a brief understanding of who Langston Hughes is: Langston Hughes was courageous, loyal, and persistent. I believe a hero is someone who is courageous, loyal, and persistent. A hero must be all three of these things all together. Courageous means you put your heart and soul into everything you do and you’re happy about it in the end. Loyal means that you are faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government and the people for whom you care. Persistent means you have the strength to set your sights a little higher, and you keep going against all odds. To be a real hero, I think you must have all three character traits like Langston Hughes.

Langston Hughes is a hero because he is courageous. In his best-known poetry, Hughes wrote proudly, courageously and optimistically about black people. He experimented with poetic meter (rhythm), using the rhythm of black music in his poetry. Here is a part of Advertisement for the Waldorf-Astoria:

Have luncheon there this afternoon, all you jobless.
Why not?
Dine with some of the men and women who got rich off of
your labor, who clip coupons with clean white fingers
because your hands dug coal, drilled stone, sewed garments, poured steel to let other people draw dividends and live easy.
(Or haven't you had enough yet of the soup-lines and the bitter bread of charity?)

He had strong opinions of the way life was, outside of high society. He was courageous in showing how the rest of the world lived while the rich were spending money left and right.

Next, Langston Hughes is also a hero because he had loyalty when he was writing his poems. For example, Langston Hughes was struggling to find ideas to write his poems, but with determination and fairness, he was able to write poems and find ideas to write his poems. He only wanted to offend the right people, and not his friends. Langston Hughes was great writer back when he was a kid to the time when he was an adult to when he died.

Third, Langston Hughes would always be a great writer/poet no matter what happened in this world. Today in our society, most people think a hero is someone who has the determination to do what’s right and is loyal of he/she was able to do that made that person a hero. He was courageous because he was able to stand up for what he believed in when he wrote his poems Langston used his poetry as an idea for people to live more happily. Society was turning upside down and life would never be the same again because of what Langston Hughes did as a poet/writer. Langston Hughes’s determination allowed him to accomplish many poems that he wrote in his time. Langston Hughes’s inspiration was able to allow us as Americans to read his poems because his poems have put a smile on everyone’s face today and forever. One of my favorites is April Rain Song.

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

In conclusion, Langston Hughes was courageous, loyal and persistent. He used simple language to indicate what an intelligent, proud black man might say if given the chance. He showed that he never forgot his roots, and he never backed down from people when speaking his opinions. That is why I think that Langston Hughes is my hero.

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Last edited 10/21/2011 12:00:00 AM

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