Study Guide

Song for a Dark Girl Calling Card

By Langston Hughes

Calling Card

Black Americans and the Blues

Langston Hughes wrote blues poetry about the experience of being black. He was inspired by black blues singers, especially those of the Harlem Renaissance. Like the blues, his poetry is about what it means to keep on singing even when despair has taken your will to pray, and it's infused with the rhythms and rhymes we'd hear from any number of blues singers. "Song for a Dark Girl" is a classic example. It's blues all the way.