Friday, January 30, 2009

Langston Hughes: Sailor

Langston Hughes was one of my earliest favourite poets. So many poets have a subtle dark side, his seemed mostly light...

He sat upon the rolling deck
Half a world away from home,
And smoked a Capstan cigarette
And watched the blue waves tipped with foam.

(Read the rest here.)


david elzey said...

Langston, as always, very fine, but what a great link! Just drop me into a whole book of poems!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Yes Langston is one of my first favorites too. What a clear picture he paints here, and so evocative of the complexity of the sailor's life! Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

Oh, sailing, sailing! What a cool link. I need my Patrick O'Brian fix (as soon as I finish Treasure Island)!
I scrolled down and read the Shakespeare, too. I can't read him anymore without thinking of Rodney Bolt's great Marlowe-Shakespeare "theory." (His book History Play has some interesting references to Shakespearean shipwrecks.)

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite poets too, and his poems have been running through my head since Election Day. Thanks, John.

I recently finally decided to buy volume 11 of his collected works, with "Works for Children and Young Adults". The kids and I are having great fun with it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this one. I had been reading a lot of Langston lately to share with my students but I missed this one.

Anonymous said...

Uh oh. Either that page is unavailable or I've reached my limit on the book. I do love Langston Hughes poems though.

John Mutford said...

David: Yes, you gotta love those Google Books views when it lets you see entire poems.

Cloudscome: I love the imagery.

Jenniferknoblock: Glad you enjoyed the link!

Becky: I only have one book of his poetry, but it's by all means not complete.

Susan: I found it hard to come by online, too.

Susan: I'm not sure why the link didn't work for you. Maybe try again later?

Anonymous said...

I have a book of his poems somewhere - must dig it out.

Allison said...

Very nice.

Isn't Google Books grand?

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for the link to this book. Love the work of Langston Hughes. I used to share poems from his book THE DREAM KEEPER with my elementary students.