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Hold onto dreams For if dreams die Life is like a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
Hughes was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother, Mary until she died in his early teens. From that point, he went to live with his mother, and they moved to several cities before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. It was during this time that Hughes first began to write poetry and that one of his teachers first introduced him to the poetry of Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman.
Langston Hughes was one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, which was the African American artistic movement in the 1920s that celebrated black life and culture. Hughes's creative genius was influenced by his life in New York City's Harlem, a primarily African American neighborhood.
Huges changed the name of poetry forever. He enraged others African Americans to become a poet. A made a path for other African Americans to follow.
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