Let America Be America Again Poem Analysis

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Analysis of "Let America Be America Again" Langston Hughes wrote the poem "Let America Be America Again", where he touches on the failure of America to live up to the American dream that it was meant to be. There is a message full of disappointment and desperation to change the oppression in America. These are feelings that Hughes knows all too well. He knows the stab in the back feeling of working hard for a country that does not work hard for the worker and in this poem, he uses figurative language techniques to express them. The main idea of this poem is that America promised its people that they would be free, however many American residents were still enslaved. The author expressed how he has physically lived in America, but he has not lived in an America that holds up to the values and dreams it was founded on. He expresses this in lines 1-4 when he says, "Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain, seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me)". America was supposed to be a dream come true where all men were free and able to have equal opportunity. Hughes uses alliteration and repetition to emphasize this point. However, the black, the poor, and the oppressed never experienced this promised America. Langston Hughes recognizes in the poem that it is not right for the people who live and work in and love America to be enslaved by social injustice. During Hughes' time during the early 20th century, the country
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