I Hear America Singing Analysis

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Walt Whitman’s famous poem “I Hear America Singing” is a very patriotic poem about the beautiful songs that American workers make as they put their heart and soul into the job that they do. This is not really a literal song that they sing out loud, but it’s more a song made out of the noises that they create when they work, like hammering things, cutting wood, or sewing. All of those noises by themselves make a particular song, but all together they make an even larger song about what it means to be a hardworking American. Langston Hughes also addresses this topic when he wrote his poem “I, Too, Sing America”. Langston Hughe’s poem focused only on one person though, “the darker brother”, rather than all of the workers of America. In his poem, Langston Hughes, builds opon Whitmans idea of hard work Americans. In Whitman’s poem, he lists various occupations and the song of each of those workers. For example, he says “The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work”. Analyzing these examples shows that each person is singing his own song about his own job. He emphasizes each person “singing what belongs to him or her and to none else”, so each person has their own song for the job that they do. All of those songs come together eventually, but each person has their own individual song that is specific to the job that they do. Through this though, he shows that Americans are hard working people
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