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Analysis and comments on I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes

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Comment 28 of 158, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 6:44 AM.

The poem can be compared to Claude McKays "America". In it Claude speaks
of his love/hate relationship with America. However , Claude does not
cower to the kitchen and wait for a day to be accepted. He confronts her
head on. " Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my
throat her tigers tooth, stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love
this cultured hell that tests my youth..." Claude seems to become
energized in his quest for racial equality in a racist america. He too
sings america. Check out "If we must die" by McKay

kim from United States
Comment 27 of 158, added on November 15th, 2005 at 12:09 PM.

I think that the last line- "I, too, am America" is a reference to
America's struggle with the Bristish empire in the mid 1700's. Langston is
relating his struggles with the history of the country, when America was
told to "be quiet" by the world.

Ryan D. from United States
Comment 26 of 158, added on October 26th, 2005 at 11:55 AM.

Why has no one mentioned the obvious connection to Walt Whitman's "I Hear
America Singing?" Hughes was responding to Whitman's poem, as well as
concurrently creating a poem entirely different. "I, too," shows empathy.

bryan from United States
Comment 25 of 158, added on October 21st, 2005 at 9:58 PM.

I,Too . . relates to the aspect of the period of the Harlem Renaissance.
This movement of African American artists and writers would aid efforts for
civil rights. When Langston Hughes wrote I,Too he transformed African
American Identy and history. Before the Harlem Renaissance few whites knew
how African Americans felt. I, too , sing American really opened up
peoples eyes. People could see for the first time in writing that African
Americans were smart intellectuals.

Just lil ol me from United States
Comment 24 of 158, added on September 27th, 2005 at 4:13 PM.

This is trully an amazing poem that says so much by stating so little. I
admire people who tell it like it is and arent afraid to show the true
colors of America.

Me from United States
Comment 23 of 158, added on September 16th, 2005 at 11:50 AM.

As I watched the devastating effects of Hurricaine Katrina and listened to
the "finger pointing" statements of the United States leadership , my
thoughts focused on this poem: " I, Too, Sing America" regardless of socio
economic status , "I, Too, Sing America" , regardless of my political
orientation, "I Too, Sing America"; although our financial contributions
are minor compared to the needs of the citizens of New Orleans, Alabama and
Mississippi, "We Too, Sing America".

Katrina from United States
Comment 22 of 158, added on July 12th, 2005 at 12:47 AM.

I too, support america's beauty,and success, although i am of a different
background. The politician want allow me to be apart of the decision
makings of america. I am told to learn about what's going on through the
tv, newspaper, or radio, so i smiled and acquired understanding, and
knowledge, but one day, i will be at the polls when mainstream america
votes. Nobody can stop me from voting for a person of my choice,
furthermore, they will witness my beauty, and success, and be embarassed
about the way they treated me, because i am your brother.

The Interpretation of I , Too, AM AMERICA

Michael Alexander from United States
Comment 21 of 158, added on July 12th, 2005 at 12:47 AM.

I too, support america's beauty,and success, although i am of a different
background. The politician want allow me to be apart of the decision
makings of america. I am told to learn about what's going on through the
tv, newspaper, or radio, so i smiled and acquired understanding, and
knowledge, but one day, i will be at the polls when mainstream america
votes. Nobody can stop me from voting for a person of my choice,
furthermore, they will witness my beauty, and success, and be embarassed
about the way they treated me, because i am your brother.

The Interpretation of I , Too, AM AMERICA

Michael Alexander from United States
Comment 20 of 158, added on July 8th, 2005 at 7:23 AM.

you will find the symbolism your looking for [pertaining to table], by
recalling Americas policy of blacks not being allowed to eat with white
people, a policy that was also adopted by the white house].



ILL Gatez from Lesotho
Comment 19 of 158, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 8:04 PM.

"I, Too"; the basis of the idea is alienation and loneliness through
discrimination - the narrator eats in the kitchen. This is a simple
construction of intolerance and bigotry, but as the poem ends, you'll
notice that the symbolism of revolution, be it metaphorical or reality
based, empowers the isolated man to move, from which point the isolated
becomes the isolator. The entire poem is a symbol of bigotry as a symbol of
the flip-flopping of social power structures.

Johnny from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
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