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FC: Author/Poet Biographies

1: Biographies of Lorraine Hansberry and Langston Hughes

2: Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930. She was born into a down to earth middle-class family in the city of Chicago. | During Lorraine's younger years, her family moved into a fully white neighborhood. Being the first African Americans to move into a fully white neighborhood, they were forced to show up in court because of the laws that were in place in the 1900s. Some believe this issue impacted her views on racial discrimination deeply.

3: Lorraine Hansberry is mainly remembered as a well known writer and American poet. She enjoyed writing about racial issues and the influences those had on other people's lives. One of the biggest accomplishments of Lorraine Hansberry's career would have to be the production of the first African American drama, "A Raisin in the Sun".

4: Racism was a big issue to Lorraine and her family. The Hansberry's home was broken into several times, but these things didn't stop her from pursuing her dream in writing and producing plays on Broadway.

5: Lorraine Hansberry always had an interest in studying the African American culture. Lorraine Hansberry even studied with W.E.B. DuBois during her time in writing. They both studied African culture and history.

6: While working with W.E.B. DuBois, she was also writing for Paul Robeson's Freedom magazine and was extremely involved with liberal causes. Lorraine Hansberry was named the youngest and first African American to win the Drama Desk Award for "A Raisin in the Sun".

7: "A Raisin in the Sun" was nominated as best play of the year by New York Drama Critics Circle. | "A Raisin in the Sun" was not the only work of Lorraine Hansberry. She also worked on: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: Hansberry in Her Own Words - 1971 Les Blancs - 1970

8: Langston Hughes

9: Langston Hughes was a very famous poet, playwright, and also writer. | Langston's main inspiration came from a famous poet, Carl Sandburg. Carl Sandburg's poems were the reasons behind Langston's success in writing his own work. Langston Hughes wrote his first poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" in 1921.

10: Langston Hughes career was in its prime during the Harlem Renaissance. Many African Americans considered him the voice of the Renaissance. | Langston's passion for writing depended on racial issues and the influence of discrimination against others and other races. Many African Americans looked up to him because of his ability to write poems that explained what they were going through during the times of the Harlem Renaissance and could relate to the deep meanings of his poetry.

11: He also wrote the lyrics to the musical, Street Scene in 1947. After being rejected numerous times, some of his work was finally published in a well-known magazine, Vanity Fair. | Langston Hughes was not only a great poet and playwright, he was also a writer. He wrote his first book, "The Weary Blues" in 1926. Shortly after, in 1926, he also wrote a famous essay "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain". In 1953, he won the Ansifield-Wolf Award.

12: DREAMS Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.

13: TPCASTT: Title: The title strikes me as being about the dreams in your sleep that lead to the big dreams of your life. It makes me wonder if it is literal or talking about life dreams. Paraphrase: The poem is basically about how you should always keep your dreams close because if you do not do something about them, they might die. Connotations: Personally, I believe this was a comparison to not actual dreams while you sleep but to the ones you try to reach in your life, such as a life goal for yourself. Attitude: The speaker's attitude seems depressing at first, but he is just speaking the truth about how you need to grasp your dreams and go for them. Shifts: The shift that I noticed was where he goes from talking about holding your dreams close to talking about how they can die. Title: The title is not about literal sleeping dreams as I thought at first, but it's about your life dreams and how you can't ever let them go. Theme: The overall theme that I noticed in the poem personally was that everyone needs a dream and whatever it is that you dream you need to take hold of it and do your best to make it happen.

14: In Time of Silver Rain In time of silver rain the earth puts forth new life again, green grasses grow and flowers lift their heads, and over all the plain the wonder spreads Of Life, Of Life, Of life! In time of silver rain the butterflies lift silken wings to catch a rainbow cry, and trees put forth new leaves to sing in joy beneath the sky as down the roadway passing boys and girls go singing, too, in time of silver rain When spring and life are new.

15: TPCASTT Title: The title makes me wonder if there is more meaning behind it because of the contrast between silver and rain. The title makes me wonder if the poem is about rain from weather or "blue" emotion days. Paraphrase: The plot is basically about how the rain allows new things to spring up. After a rain, there is always new flowers sprouting up and new trees. Connotations: The vivid details of what comes when it rains makes me visualize a damp forest with new flowers, trees, and rainbows sprouting up all around you. This may be a comparison to life and how good things may come out of bad days. Attitude: The speaker's attitude toward the writing is almost as if he is praising the "silver rain" for bringing new things. Shifts: When the poem shouts "Of life!" the mood changes from a dreary visualization to a thankful or happy tone. Title: The title in my opinion is showing how good things can come out of bad things even if the bad things are really bad, such as a rainy day. Theme: The overall theme to me is just to wait for the good because in every bad experience, there's a good reason behind it and a new "flower" will always spring up.

16: M.L.A Bibliography "Lorraine Hansberry." 2011. Biography.com. 23 May 2011, http://www.biography.com/articles/Lorraine-Hansberry-9327823. "Langston Hughes." 2011. Biography.com. 23 May 2011, http://www.biography.com/articles/Langston-Hughes-9346313.

17: "Lorraine Hansberry." 2011. Comminfo.rutgers.edu. 22 May 2011, 07 :16 http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~cybers/hansberry2.html "Langston Hughes." 2011. Math.Buffalo.Edu. 23 May 2011, 08:16 http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/poetry/hughes_langston.html

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