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Harlem Renaissance Poets Student: Professor: Course title: Date: Langston Hughes and Billy Strayhorn Langston Hughes played a significant role in the Harlem Renaissance, a period that saw the incorporation of the new cultural identity of the blacks in the literature world. Hughes advocated for the courage that would see the achievement of democracy, rather than embracing fear and expecting justice to come by itself. Hughes put down poems that were much encouraging to the blacks, mainly regarding democracy and its importance, as well as the need to fight for it, (Summers, 2016). In his work, there is the evidence of double consciousness which denotes the psychological dualism on whether to remain faithful to the African roots or get cultural assimilation into the Euro-America perspective. Hughes demonstrates the double consciousness in that; in the poem about democracy, there is a failure to outline that there is no another way but to work towards the achievement of the freedom. Billy Strayhorn is another poet of the Harlem Renaissance who made significant contributions to the period, (Early, 1996). In his writings, there was an encouragement of grabbing opportunities and doing things at the right time. He advocated that; without such agility in the taking of actions, there would be missing of critical opportunities in our lives. There was a special touch of encouragement to the blacks that they ought to rise to the available opportunities and not lie back and wait for the chance to wave away with time. There was much usage of analogy in his writings in a bid to ensure conviction to the audience in an entertaining manner. In his work, there is evidence of

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