Analysis Of `` I, Too, Sing America ``

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and her lover from these vicious acts. If god does not seem to be interesting in their safety, then why should they waste energy praying to him? These are some of the complex and sensitive questions Hughes manages to raise from two short lines, illustrating his skill as a poet. The last two lines of the final stanza returns the reader to the tragedy of the young couple. The woman says, “Love is a naked shadow/ On a gnarled and naked tree” (Hughes 11-12). These ending lines are filled with imagery and emotion, thereby leaving the reader struck by the powerful meaning of the poem and the reality that these two people are humans with emotions whose lives have been ruin by this one act. Hughes skill in representing deep emotion and impacting the reader while still depicting very real situations serves to promote his plea for change (Gohar, 151). Another poem that discusses inequality is “I, Too, Sing America”; however, this poem takes a slightly more positive perspective. This poem begins on a somber note as the narrator states that he is forced to eat in the kitchen rather than at the dining table with the white people. Still, the narrator keeps in positive spirits because he believes that he will one day be accepted. He says “tomorrow” he will sit at the table with everyone else and they (white people) will be abashed by how they treated African Americans. Though he is mistreated now, the world we eventually see his beauty (the beauty of all African Americans) and change will
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