Comparison Of Langston Hughes And Theme For English B

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James Mercer Langston Hughes, who is known by Langston Hughes, was born February 1, 1902 and passed May 22, 1967. Hughes was an American poet that was a public figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the earliest innovators, the flowering of African-American literature and artistic forms in Manhattan during the 1920s, especially of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes writing promoted African-American culture, as well as bringing attention to the bad and unfortunate situations of African-Americans suffering injustice. His poems "I, Too" and "Theme for English B" both portrayed his views of equal civil rights and treatment for African-Americans and both poems are written in first-person in which the speaker is trying to show that they are worth more; however, the "I" is different for each poem, in order to fulfill Hughes` purpose. Both poems draw attention to the horrible situations of African-American people, in which they cry out for civil rights and equality in a time where African-Americans were treated unfairly and with injustice. In Hughes` poem “I, Too” it states, “I am the darker brother. / They send me to eat in the kitchen / When company comes.” (Hughes 1) This shows that he was not acknowledged or respected to be in the presence of others because of the color of his skin. This can be compared to “Theme for English B”. For instance, “I guess being colored doesn’t make me not like / the same things other folks like who are other races. /

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