Pause for Poetry: A Reading by Langston Hughes

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

This week’s Pause for Poetry focuses on a reading from Langston Hughes’ first book of poetry The Weary Blues published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926.

A poet, playwright, and novelist, Hughes is best known for his major role in shaping the Harlem Renaissance. Heavily influenced by jazz, his insightful and musical poetry focused on the human condition of black America from suffering to solace and everything in between.

Hughes once said, “No great poet has ever been afraid of being himself.” The following video, an excerpt from a short film by 4 Seasons Productions, is a prime example of that belief.

With this in mind, let’s all hit the Pause button on our lives for a few minutes and watch this moving video reading from Langston Hughes. 

Lyrics to The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes 

Watch the video now!

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s