Response To Langston Hughes' Poem I, Too, Sing America

982 words - 4 pages

Hughes, Langston. “I Too. Sing America.”
New York Times 5 Jan 2010: A16


This poem is about the struggle of a working minority, a black man, suffering the
hardship of unfair labor. Langston Hughes gives out such a real and positive impact
on the read, too which makes them think about how they can hope for the future. '' But I
laugh, And eat well, And grow strong '' This doesn't only suggest that he is getting
stronger physically but also mentally which states that he doesn't take the slavery
personal and hopes for tomorrow and he knows that tomorrow will be better and he
believes that slavery will be stopped, and white people will see how beautiful his people
are and appreciate them.. In the poem, Hughes states "I am the darker brother," although
his skin is darker, nonetheless, he's a brother, a part of society, he's America. Then he
goes on to say that when company arrives, he's sent to the kitchen. "But I laugh, And eat
well, And grow strong." This sort of positive, humorous yet ironic tone foreshadows hope
and determination, later on in the poem. The second stanza, symbolizes growth. The first
stanza being the present and the second stanza being the future. Then in the last stanza he
states "They'll see how beautiful I am," yes, just like the song, America the Beautiful
.Then next line says " And be ashamed--" They will be ashamed for bringing down
America the Beautiful, America, the black man, the worker...America.
[Style Analysis]

"I, too, sing America". This meter in particular is as important as the entirety of
the poem. It means not only whites are Americans, but African Americans are citizens
and should be treated equally. In the following stanza, the word "I" is used several times.
The first line of the second stanza states "I am the darker brother" -- meaning he may be
African American, but he is still an American. The following five meters state "They
send me to eat in the kitchen. When company comes, but I laugh, and eat well, and grow
strong". The use of "I" here is showing that African Americans...

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