I Hear America Singing By Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes spoke and captivated the general struggles of an African American’s life during the 1900s through his poem, “I, Too.” Hughes’ points out the injustice of bigotry or one’s beliefs in America, and his overall message is saying that an African American’s hard work is just as noteworthy as any other American. In contrast, Walt Whitman, author of “I Hear America Singing,” speaks about the employed citizens of America. He gives honor to those who are living their lives and working to make America a better place. Despite the fact that both poems are similar, they also have a vast amount of differences. Whitman’s poem is perplexed, while Hughes’ is straightforward. These authors’ poems focus on different themes and give the readers different perspectives. These poems are inspiring and demonstrate a new vision for society, however, the themes vary as Whitman focuses on a unified nation, and Hughes demonstrates his writing through an individual. To start off, the poem “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman, has a lot to do with patriotism. "I Hear America Singing" focuses mainly on Americans employed citizens during the late 1800s. In lines 2-13, Whitman gives examples of all the various jobs that Americans have. He does not mention of any races or skin color throughout his poem, and while the citizens are described, they are singing. Whitman adds the singing aspect to serve as concrete and abstract language. In this poem, he uses the singing to represent a deeper
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