Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's Poem I, Too

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Langston Hughes America, the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American. This is what everyone was told, what the Declaration of Independence states. But, Langston Hughes a black American poet in the Harlem Renaissance period saw the truth. Being an African American in the United States during the early 1900’s was difficult. Many lived a life full of hardships; segregation, prejudice and economic hardships, viewed as second-class citizens. Even with all the suffering Hughes found a positive side and managed to create inspiring poetry. In his poem “I, Too” he describes how domestic servants are treated by the owner when guests come to visit. Hughes uses this situation to create optimistic and patriotic poetry. Hughes views America as the land of freedom, equality and opportunity and he uses his poems to boost peoples pride and argue against racial injustice. Some critics mistake the simple form and language of Hughes poetry for meagerness of meaning. Others criticized him for remaining limited by his persistent focus on the folkways, language, and basic issues surrounding lower-class African American (Biography). Hughes wrote what he knew about, he wrote for the people who could understand the simple English language. He was not writing to impress the white critics or upper-class black folks. He felt the poor black residents of Harlem, though they did not wear shiny shoes, go to Harvard, or listen to classical
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