The Panther and the Lash

The Panther and the Lash From the publication of his first book in Langston Hughes was America s acknowledged poet of color the first to commemorate the experience and suffering of African Americans in a voice that no

  • Title: The Panther and the Lash
  • Author: Langston Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780679736592
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was America s acknowledged poet of color, the first to commemorate the experience and suffering of African Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear In this, his last collection of verse, Hughes s voice is pointed than ever before, as he explicitly addresses the racial poFrom the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was America s acknowledged poet of color, the first to commemorate the experience and suffering of African Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear In this, his last collection of verse, Hughes s voice is pointed than ever before, as he explicitly addresses the racial politics of the sixties in such pieces as Prime, Motto, Dream Deferred, Frederick Douglas 1817 1895, Still Here, Birmingham Sunday History, Slave, Warning, and Daybreak in Alabama Sometimes Ironic, sometimes bitter, always powerful, the poems in The Panther and the Lash are the last testament of a great American writer who grappled fearlessly and artfully with the most compelling issues of his time.

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    1. Well, that was magnificent! Can't wait to read more of his poetry!“Words Like FreedomThere are words like FreedomSweet and wonderful to say.On my heartstrings freedom singsAll day everyday.There are words like LibertyThat almost make me cry.If you had known what I knowYou would know why.” “MilitantLet all who willEat quietly the bread of shame.I cannot,Without complaining loud and long,Tasting its bitterness in my throatAnd feeling to my very soulIt's wrong.For honest workYou proffer me po [...]

    2. DISCLAIMER: I AM EXTREMELY BIASED BECAUSE I LOVE LANGSTON HUGHES. HE'S GREAT.Okay, so this was the first book of poems that I've read of Langston Hughes', though I have read several of his poems before. This book was very short, and it was split into seven sections: Words on Fire, American Heartbreak, The Bible Belt, The Face of War, African Question Mark, Dinner Guest: Me, and Daybreak in Alabama. This book is easy to read and can be read very quickly in one sitting.Poetry always comes down to [...]

    3. This was my first foray into Langston Hughes. I am woefully ignorant about his life and writing, so this seemed like a great start.This is a book of collected poetry, but it gives a fairly cohesive story and history until the 1960s. The poems vary in length, subject, and occasionally tone, but there is an undercurrent of frustration in this collection.I don't read a lot of poetry (usually it's lost on me) but I can appreciate the nature of this work. It's concrete and full of feeling.Two of them [...]

    4. Brazen poetry written in simple lines that express true emotion and everyday bravery, so readable that I could barely stand it. Hughes writes on themes like the despairs and desires of the black community during a much darker time in our history. Despite the oppression, he is spirited and proud, especially in “Dinner Guest: Me.” His words are both plain and beautiful, accessible to all age levels that can appreciate the context.

    5. The issues of social justice, the sting of slavery, fight for freedom, etc, are all still relevant and current as these poems were when written 50 years ago.

    6. Airy and angry, Hughes' poems successfully combine an almost playful whimsy and wit while exposing all that is vile and shameful in the American soul. Which we could perhaps use more of right now.Many of these poems are polemic and vitriolic, especially dealing with race in the US. Despite that, they are still wonderful, slight little shaming things.

    7. Langston Hughes is a poet who somehow manages to turn Jazz into words, and every poem in this collection is dripping with the honest jazz of a man writing about his race and his humanity. The reader will probably recognize poems like "Dream Deferred," but other poems like Birmingham Sunday, Christ in Alabama, Harlem, and Impasse will leave the reader with a different take for these poems explore the concept of being black in America at a time when the cultural identity of African Americans was c [...]

    8. I pulled this slim volume off the public library shelves on an impulse, because I read I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey a few months ago and was impressed by the air of dignified calm and rueful good humor that the author seemed to project in the face of the disgraceful indignities routinely experienced in the Jim Crow south and, to lesser extent, elsewhere in the US and the world. These poems are largely from 20 to 30 years later and you can tell the patience is wearing thin. G [...]

    9. Raw, angry, and powerful. I am shocked and devastated by how relevant all of these poems still are. I suspect Hughes would not be.

    10. I bought this wrong book twice. Each time imagining it had "Montage Of A Dream Deferred", which is one of the poems that most made my head spin in middle school. The Selected Poems Of Langston Hughes was one of, if not the first poetry books I purchased. And twice I was in a used book store saw the color scheme and Langston's face (which is much different from the portrait on Selected Poems) and grabbed it.It was definitely worth buying once, and I'm sure I'll soon realize which friend absolutel [...]

    11. As many of you know, my new year's resolution is to only read books this year that were either in my house or on my Kindle as of December 31, 2014; were books selected by my book group; or that were given to me over the year. And I have pretty much kept to that resolution. But as the year winds down, I have realized that I haven't done much poetry reading. So I decided to give T. S. Elliot's "Four Quartets" a try (my mother gave me her copy when she moved to Chattanooga). Unfortunately, after I [...]

    12. So. Poetry has always been severely underrepresented in my reading habits but Langston Hughes has been mentioned quite a few times in my recent reading so I picked the first title available on my Overdrive libraries. These poems were AMAZING. Whenever I've tried to read poetry collections in the past I tended to race through and not really absorb much -- this collection, though short, I savored through three or four days, rereading ones that were particularly striking, and reading out loud to my [...]

    13. Langston Hughes’s “The Panther & the Lash” is a collection of poems that are rich in revelation, suffering, power and struggle. His poems are so simplistic but evoke emotion and anger about the atrocities that plagued the African-American society through history. His voice is stern yet passionate. Hughes captures the essence of what African- Americans were feeling and how to (or not) address issues abroad and within their own community. He brought a voice to those unspoken, silent but [...]

    14. It was an amazing experience to read this book, first published in 1967, the year LH died. For one thing, the poems themselves are so lean and strong, direct and angry, it's impossible not to be roused by them. For another, it's very unnerving to consider how far we've come from the world of the late 60's, when, By what sendsthe white kidsI ain't sent:I know I can'tbe President.(from Children's Rhymes, p. 49) and yet how far we have NOT come from so much of the violent oppression described in th [...]

    15. I have perused this small volume of Langston Hughes poetry for the South Berwick library book club this month. He is expressive, full of legitimate anger and hope. I am not much of a poetry expert so cannot really do much commentary here, but I am happy to have read the poems, although I feel I need to read and reread for things to sink in and make sense. I remember that Jonathon Kozol, an amazing educator, was fired from the Boston Public school system for "curriculum deviation", i.e teaching L [...]

    16. I was so happy to get a new copy of this book for my library! I had it for many years and then (gulp) loaned it to someone, and never got it back! This is an awesome look at some sharp, creative poems regarding the civil rights movement, particularly in the South, and a couple anti-war poems made their way into the book via 'the 60's :)One of my favorites:That Justice is a blind goddess, Is a fact to which we blacks are wise.Her bandage hides two festering sores,That once, perhaps, were eyes.

    17. Man. I love Langston.His poetry is just so tight, so pointed, so damnably relevant still. I'd read one from the 1940s, and it was, Holy Christ, this speaks to yesterday.I'm not sure if that speaks more to his genius, or to our lingering failure as a culture.This a perfect book of poems, I might addt academically exhaustive and exhausting, but just the right serving for an evening of wine and reading and reflection.

    18. This book is phenomenal! Every poem, no matter how short, has something to offer. Hughs achieves more in four lines than most poets do in five seperate poems. Reading one of his poems is like listening to a debate and after the last line, hughs just drops the micd everyone is silent. My first exposure to a terrific poet. I look foward to finding some of his older collections. Truly Amazing.

    19. By what sends/the white kids/I ain't sent:/I know I can't/be President. from Children's Rhymes.a couple pages earlier is a poem about the Birmingham church bombing. i wish Hughes knew that we have a black president and that a few years ago we had as Secretary of State, a Sunday School friend of one of the little girls killed in the church bombing.

    20. Mr Hughes' writing is just as provocative and powerful today as ever it was. Poetry that takes you to a time and place many would just as soon have us forget. It is for this very reason that these works must carry on and live and breathe the hope, despair, anger,and truth of some of the darkest days of our country's history for generations to come.

    21. The writer most often associated with the Harlem Renaissance here deals with some of the prominent issues of the 1960s (and, too often, today): the continuing curse of racism, the growing impatience of African Americans, and the frustration that impels towards violence. While Langston Hughes's clean, direct, rhythmic, simple style gives the poems an immediacy that cannot be ignored.

    22. Never much for poetry, I find Langston's lyrical quality enticing, his subjects interesting, and his messages compelling. He's an old favorite of mine.This was the first e-book I tried on Overdrive, and I wanted something where page layout mattered. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

    23. The first edition of this collection was my introduction to my beloved Langston. I have found that his remarks on society are as poignant now as when he wrote them. As I have grown I have found ALL that he has commented on still there in society, sadly being repeated over and over.

    24. I thought the poem 'Madrid' was cribbed by WH Auden and I loved Mr. Hughes all the more for that tidbit. Is it true?

    25. a well-selected collection of poems, one of the few poetry collections I've read where most of the poems are good.

    26. Great collection for anyone who loves Hughes. Definitely more racially driven themes when compared to The Dream Keeper.

    27. I rather enjoyed this collection of poems. They made me stop and think about all the inequities that have existed and still exist in our country and throughout the world.

    28. Beautiful, powerful, moving, poetry centered around race and the conditions of black people in America. As relevant today as when it was written.

    29. Loved many poems. For example, from the poem PRIME: "I, black, come to my prime, In the section of the niggers, Where a nickel costs a dime."

    30. Fortuitously stumbled upon this book on a clean up cart at the library. The book was opened to "Junior Addict" which was a very timely.These poems have a lot of punch, and while many harken back to the time they were composed, they unfortunately seem so topical. "Northern Liberal" had the biting satire that reminded me of the Randy Newman's song "Rednecks."I should read more poetry. It is a good change of pace.

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