A Poem by Langston Hughes


I first read this poem when I was only in third grade and my class and I were choosing poems to recite for our parents.It is a beautiful poem written by an outstanding African American poet named Langston Hughes, who lived during the time of racial pride in the United States of America. I will post a biography of him sometime during the poetry-a-week program. He was a really amazing person and poet. Anyways, I hope you like this poem just as much as I do every time I hear it!

- The Soup Chef

By Langston Hughes

There are words like freedom

Sweet and wonderful to say

Oh my heart sings,

freedom rings

All day,


There are words like liberty,

that almost make me cry

If you had known what I know,

you would know why

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