Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again Poem Analysis

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In the fight for equality, people of color often feel isolated and separated from those whose privilege reinforces their oppression. However, there are and always have been white people who see the inequalities that are practiced in society and speak out against them in hopes of reaching equality for all. Langston Hughes used his voice in poetry to express his experience as a black man in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement, and his is a household name. There is no doubt that his words have power. The reader expects to feel his experience and gain empathy and understanding through his poetry. In his poem, “Let America Be America Again,” Hughes presents his experience of American life in a powerful contrast to the experience…show more content…
The Chili Peppers demonstrate a similar tone. They develop this tone with imagery. They write: I've got a soul that cannot sleep At night when something just ain't right Blood red, but without sight Exploding egos in the night Mix like sticks of dynamite Red black or white, this is my fight (Chili Peppers 1-6) First, they use the image of the restless soul. This evokes the feeling of frustration. They take it further with images of “Exploding egos” that “Mix like sticks of dynamite.” Although they cannot truly understand the struggle, their moral or ethical nature does not agree with the injustice that is suffered by others, and this is exhibited in their lyrics. Hughes also addresses the deceptive picture of America that has been painted by those who refuse to admit the reality of oppression through figurative language. He writes: O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. (Hughes 11-14) Hughes personifies liberty but dresses her in a wreath crown with fake patriotism. The land he seeks would be rid of this deception. Americans boast of liberty and freedom, but it is not for all because equality is not “in the air we breathe.” Hughes’ use of personification brings the idea of liberty down to a human level and makes it more realistic. This use of figurative language calls for a realistic view of the situation. The
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