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Lewis Carroll Poem
Speak Roughly
 by Lewis Carroll

Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes:
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.

Chorus (In which the cook and the baby joined):-
Wow! wow! wow!

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please address me as sir rabbit: Did you read the Great Gatsby and then never learn a single thing about James Baldwin and Langston Hughes? (Or Zelda Fitzgerald, to be perfectly honest.)

formerly known as MsMeddle, now: I, Too by Langston Hughes

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Brenda Baker: from Langston Hughes's 1940 autobiography "The Big Sea".

Steph (Funny Laughter), M.A.: I call bullshit in both cases. Yes, it can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. Should I not teach Langston Hughes’ poetry alongside Bronx Masquerade and ignore the Harlem Renaissance?

Meghan Carroll: Langston Hughes got BARS

Anna Holmes: I learned so much more about America from studying Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou the next year, and that was an “elective” The white male authors were classics and the Black and female ones were elective.

Beinecke Library: The Dream Keeper Langston Hughes Papers

Andrew Moody: “I am so tired of waiting. Aren’t you? For the world to become good and beautiful and kind?” - Langston Hughes

Nate Morris: At this point from a remote place my best advice is to relax & monitor - not necessarily in that order . . . ! ! ! and maybe read some Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes or Robert Duncan poetry. If you get past those folks, go onto Leonard Cohen & Gwendolyn MacEwen . . . ! ! !

Lot-so-Huggin Bear: Langston Hughes - "The Weary Blues" on CBUT, 1958

The Langston Hughes Review: "In 1936, Himes was released on parole. He worked at part-time jobs while continuing to write. During this period, he came into contact with Langston Hughes, who helped Himes make important connections in literature and publishing."

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Births on this day in history

  • 12/01/1964 - Jo Walton - Welsh-Canadian author and poet
  • 12/01/1944 - Tahar Ben Jelloun - Moroccan author and poet
  • 12/01/1847 - Julia A. Moore - American poet (d. 1920)
  • 12/01/1800 - Mihály Vörösmarty - Hungarian poet (d.1855)

Deaths on this day in history

  • 12/01/1928 - José Eustasio Rivera - Colombian-American lawyer and poet (b. 1888)
  • 12/01/1923 - Virginie Loveling - Belgian author and poet (b. 1836)
  • 12/01/1913 - Juhan Liiv - Estonian poet and author (b. 1864)