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Comment 48 of 158, added on December 12th, 2006 at 7:43 AM.

I love Edgar Allen Poe!

Kinsey B. from United States
Comment 47 of 158, added on July 26th, 2006 at 12:04 PM.

We had to study it at low middle school in Italy. We fell in love with it
from line 1. My sister and I still quote it often to the children in our
family. And, adapted, it has become our feminist statement.
I believe it is the most beautiful poem ever written.

Mariolina from United Kingdom
Comment 46 of 158, added on June 9th, 2006 at 6:31 AM.

I think that Langhston Hughes is a very good writer. He is not ashamed to
say that his black skin is beutiful!!!

Learn how to spell "beautiful".

Florina from Romania
Comment 45 of 158, added on May 29th, 2006 at 2:35 PM.

As others have pointed out, this poem works on so many different levels.
The fact that Hughes himself was an African American, and the line "I am
the darker brother," certainly suggests that it is about being an African
American -- but it could also be about being a Latino, a homosexual or even
a Goth (think about how Goths were demonized after the Columbine incident)!
It's really about exclusion in a country that claims to be "e pluribus
unum" -- "one out of many."

David from United States
Comment 44 of 158, added on April 24th, 2006 at 11:11 PM.

This is part of my research paper on uplifting poets of the Harlem
This theme of beauty is also exemplified in Langston Hughes’ poem “I, Too.”
Hoping for a future of racial equality, Hughes proclaims “Tomorrow […]
/they’ll see how beautiful I am/ […] I too, am American.” The sestet, lines
two through seven, he begins with “I am the darker brother.” The word
“brother” signifies one half of an equal partnership; the other is the
white man or lighter brother. This relation immediately establishes Hughes’
quest for equality, and white society’s ignorance to the equivalence. By
identifying the beauty of his African American culture, Hughes creates
reason for white acceptance and asks for racial impartiality.

Taylor from United States
Comment 43 of 158, added on April 19th, 2006 at 9:38 AM.


Todd from United States
Comment 42 of 158, added on April 12th, 2006 at 5:05 PM.

this poem reflects a general attitude for change. langston hughes
effectively foreshadows the civil rights movement.

Howie Hawk from United States
Comment 41 of 158, added on April 12th, 2006 at 3:05 PM.

I can relate to the poem because I lived with my aunt for 7 years and was
severely mistreated. I wasn't considered part of the family, but rather, a

Lisa Standlee from United States
Comment 40 of 158, added on March 27th, 2006 at 1:05 PM.

my 7th grade teach, a white lady, made our memorized this poem. I's almost
30 years later i still remember this poem and love it. i am from the United
States Virgin Island

E Roberts from United States
Comment 39 of 158, added on March 24th, 2006 at 3:44 PM.

this poem is very interesting because i understand what the character mean
when he is tired of not being seen when company is there. I would want
people to see my beautiful face and nice skin even though its a different
color. this poem is very touching so i hope a lot of people read this i

Demnd Dunham from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
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