Langston Hughes is best known as one of the most imminent poets of Harlem Renaissance. This renaissance, like others before it, was a unique time period in American History in which many African American writers, artists, actors, and celebrities of various kinds emerged. For the first time, African Americans were able to reveal their true talent and intellect. The only problem was that African American artists, poets, novelists, and playwrights were only acknowledged within the community of African American people, and as it was very clear that separate was not equal. While Hughes himself did not belong to the lower class of the African American people, his works and poetry mostly addressed the problems plaguing the lives of these people. Several of his poems bear an influence of the Blues that were the most common means for these people to express their pain and anguish. Hughes was not just a poet but also a playwright and prose writer. He has written several works of prose apart from drama. He was among the primary contributors to the Harlem Renaissance. His works were initially criticized heavily by the other African American writers of his time but they also won critical acclaim for the way they expressed the troubles faced by the African American community.