I Too Sing America By Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes was an African American author well known for his poems and writing. Hughes lived from 1902-1967 and started writing at a very young age. His parents divorced when he was young and his father left to go live in Mexico. Hughes was raised by his grandmother till he was thirteen then left to live with his mother and new husband. He went to many places and also had many jobs during his time. Hughes created a lot of literature but his poem I, Too, Sing America is one of his poems that really stands out to me. This poem was published in 1995, which was before the Civil Rights Era and after the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights Era really changed the mind set that the African Americans were viewed and also…show more content…
But they seemed like good people to me” (Hughes). This quote is saying how not all Negroes were as fortunate as others and some came from different classes in society who obviously had different ways they saw their community. Hughes was maybe not surrounded by people who were very fortunate but he saw them as good people too and he was just writing in a way that he felt interpreted their ways. Despite all the criticism some people understood why he represented the Negro’s in the way he did and often praised him for his unique ideas. He also later on got good feedback after his death. This quote states, “In many of the sessions, Hughes was remembered as ‘the people's poet,’ committed to the ‘common people’ and dedicated to making sure the voices of the African American masses were heard.” (Smiles 15). In this quote he is saying that what made Hughes writing so special is how he writes in a way that connects and shows the voices of the common African American people and makes their voices…show more content…
The narrator states that tomorrow he will eat at the table with the guests and no one will tell him to go and leave to eat in the kitchen. This means that when company comes The African American community will be viewed as equal to the rest of the people in the society. The narrator also says “They will see how beautiful I am and be ashamed” meaning that they will see how beautiful and amazing the African Americans are and be abashed and guilty of how they ever treated them and how they ever pushed them aside. The last line says, “I, too, am America” which is saying they are American and they have a part in American society no matter how different they look from the rest. This is different to when the narrator says “I, Too, Sing America” because “sing” represents maybe saying or telling people that they are American but “am” represents being and being viewed as
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