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BC: Bibliography http://www.poemhunter.com/langston-hughes/poems/ http://www.kansasheritage.org/crossingboundaries/page6e1.html http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/corhans.htm http://www.biography.com/articles/Lorraine-Hansberry-9327823

FC: Biographies: Lorraine Hansberry Langston Hughes

1: LANGSTON HUGHES Born: February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri Moved: November 1924 to Washington D.C. Won: Harmon Gold Medal for Not Without Laughter in 1930 Shaped: Harlem Renaissance Wrote: 11 plays Died: May 22, 1967 in New York

2: Poems: Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz (1961) Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (1994) Dear Lovely Death (1931) Fields of Wonder (1947) Fine Clothes to the Jew (1927) Freedom's Plow (1943) Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951) One-Way Ticket (1949) Scottsboro Limited (1932) Selected Poems (1959) Shakespeare in Harlem (1942) The Dream Keeper and Other Poems (1932) The Panther and the Lash: Poems of Our Times (1967) The Weary Blues (1926)

3: -Hughes was raised primarily by his grandmother. She told him important stories of the African-American oral tradition that would influence his work. -Hughes’ father wanted him to become an engineer, so Hughes attended Columbia for a time. He left because of racial intolerance and because he wanted to spend more time writing in Harlem. -He graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1929. Among his classmates was future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. -For a number of years, Hughes was attracted to some of the political philosophies of the Communist Party. Though accused of being a member, he never actually joined. -Hughes died of prostate cancer in 1967 at the age of 65. His ashes are buried in Harlem under a special medallion in the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

4: Lorraine Hansberry Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago, the daughter of a prominent real-estate broker, Carl Hansberry, and the niece of William Leo Hansberry (1894-1965). Hansberry's parents sent her to public schools rather than private ones as a protest against the segregation laws. She studied art at the University of Wisconsin and in Mexico. In 1950, Hansberry dropped out of college and moved to New York. She took classes in writing at the New School for Social Research and worked as an associate editor of Paul Robeson's Freedom, a radical black magazine In 1953, Hansberry married Robert B. Nemiroff, a Jewish literature student and songwriter, whom she had met on a picket line protesting discrimination at New York University.

5: -A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 1959 -WHAT USE ARE FLOWERS?, 1961 -THE MOVEMENT: DOCUMENTARY OF A STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY, 1964 -THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN' WINDOW, 1965 -TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK: LORRAINE HANSBERRY IN HER OWN WORDS, 1969 -LES BLANCS, 1970 -A RAISIN IN THE SUN: THE UNFILMED ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, 1992 -LES BLANCS: THE COLLECTED LAST PLAYS: THE DRINKING GOURD. WHAT USE ARE FLOWERS?, 1994

6: -Hansberry spent much time in hospitals, often needing a wheelchair to get to and from rehearsals. The show closed on the evening of her death. -Her premature death, at the age of thirty-four, cut short her promising career. Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer of the pancreas on January 12, 1965.

7: 50-50 I’m all alone in this world, she said, Ain’t got nobody to share my bed, Ain’t got nobody to hold my hand— The truth of the matter’s I ain’t got no man. Big Boy opened his mouth and said, Trouble with you is You ain’t got no head! If you had a head and used your mind You could have me with you All the time. She answered, Babe, what must I do? He said, Share your bed— And your money, too.

8: TPCASTT T-The title 50-50 makes us believe that the poem could be about something being split down the middle. Maybe participation or belongings? P-The plot is a man and a women talking to each other about what they want. He replies that he wants money and her bed which is indicating sexual actions. C-This poem is a simile because the author talks about a bed which stands for sex and stands for everything a guy wants in a woman. A-The attitude in this poem is very demanding and serious because he wants what he explains. S-The mood changes when the boy answers the girl and he says what she had to do to get a guy. T-The title represents the fact that the boy wants money and sex which is 50-50. T-The poem is really explaining what guys what in a women and how oblivous girls can be.

9: April Rain Song Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And I love the rain.

10: TPCASTT T- The title of this poem makes us think that the phrase 'April showers bring May flowers' may apply to the poem. P- The plot of the poem is explaining the various roles that rain can act as a song to different people. C- The rain represents different types of songs and pleasures that rain brings. A-The attitude of this poem is soothing and explanatory about how rain effects different people. S-The mood changes when the author says 'and I love the rain.' This indicates that he loves everything else that he explains, like the 'sleep song on the roof.' T- The title is explaining all of the different songs and outcomes rain can bring up. T- The poem is really simply explaining all the different songs that rain can bring and how much he loves rain.

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