What drives people? Former Secretary of Education, William Bennet wrote, The arts are important elements of schooling just like studying, writing, and arithmetic Music, dance, painting, and theater are keys to unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment (Swann-Hudkins, 2002).
Whether he was writing poems of racial protest like “Harlem” and “Ballad of the Landlord” or poems of racial affirmation like’ Mom to Son’ and ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers,’ Hughes was able to find language and varieties to specific not solely the ache of urban life but in addition its splendid vitality.
Regardless of this Hughes wrote and staged dozens of brief stories, about a dozen books for children, a historical past of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP), two volumes of autobiography, opera libretti, music lyrics and so forth. Hughes was driven by a sheer confidence in his versatility and within the power of his craft.
Several reviewers in black newspapers and magazines were distressed by Hughes’ fearless and, ‘tasteless’ evocation of elements of decrease-class black culture, together with its typically raw eroticism, by no means earlier than handled in critical poetry.
For his art was aimed at deciphering “the fantastic thing about his own individuals,” which he felt they were taught both to not see or to not take satisfaction in. In all his stories, his humanity, his faithful and artistic displays of each racial and nationwide truth – his profitable mediation between the beauties and the terrors of life around him all shine out.