James Mercer Langston Hughes was a talented American poet, playwright, and novelist. Today he is considered as one of the greatest innovators of jazz poetry which is filled with writing about inner emotions freely.
Based on James’ poems, it is possible to read the codes he expressed the same as Walt Whitman did, one of the writers who inspired him. For instance, one of the Huges’ stories called “Blessed Assurance” tells about the anger of his father over the queerness or effeminacy of his son.
The theme of parental love is also very vivid in the writer’s lyrics. For example, there is short poem called “Mother to Son.” It is a tender monologue of a mother to the son. She cares about her love because nothing can be compared to such a close spiritual connection than the parental one:
“’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
Langston Hughes often compares his beloved with the nature or flowers. And it is no wonder because both love and nature are pure and nice. He compares it with a high mountain, with plums, and even with bright start.
Freedom is another passionate theme which can be found in Langston Hughes`s love poetry. He adores America and considers this land to be full of dreams and prospects. His famous poem about the USA shows how passionate this author was regarding the love of Motherland:
“O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.”