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).

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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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