According to IBNA correspondent, some Persian translations of the poems by Langston Hughes have already been published, particularly a book translated by the noted Iranian poet Ahmad shamlou
. However, Hassan Alishiri who is himself a poet said that unlike Shamlou, he has translated the complete poems of Hughes in a collection except a very few ones which could not be published due to some "particular reasons".
was also a social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He wrote short stories, plays, operas, essays, and works for children as well. He is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City.
"Hughes was living at a time when the black Americans were struggling against racism and the culture of racism was being changed. His father had studied law but was unable to find a job due to being an African-American. Later Langston Hughes could attend university and began to teach. The other significant issue about Hughes is his return to the black cultural roots,” Alishiri said.
“The poet has a totally critical view upon the history of the United States. It means that although some try to present the history of the United States as completely magnificent and glorious, Hughes criticized slavery in American history. However, in the final analysis, he was after the U.S. advancement and glory, but a U.S. in which all are equal and have the same opportunities for progress,” he added.
The poetry and fiction of Hughes portrayed the lives of the working-class blacks in America, lives he portrayed as full of struggle, joy, laughter, and music. Permeating his work is pride in the African-American identity and its diverse culture.
"My seeking has been to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America and obliquely that of all human kind," Hughes is quoted as saying. He confronted racial stereotypes, protested social conditions, and expanded African America's image of itself; a "people's poet" who sought to reeducate both audience and artist by lifting the theory of the black aesthetic into reality.
‘Langston Hughes Collected Poems: Shakespeare in Harlem’ has been released by Negah Publishing in Tehran in 700 pages.