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Comment 63 of 183, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 4:19 PM.
Everyone who reads a Langston Hughes work has to keep in mind that he lived
in a time when suppression of the black race was customary and the Jim Crow
laws where at their peak. The time of the harlem Reinassance when 90% of
black people were stuck in the south being tortured, lynched, bounded by
sharecropping, and in a way still slaves in society. Growing up in a
democratic government while these terrible things were happenning was all
that Hughes saw. Ofcourse he would look at the cummunist governments who
swear that their main agendas are equality. He was naive in this way to
blame the government when so much has gone wrong. even though cummunism is
terrible, langston was so blinded at the suppression of his race that he
ignored the injustices, labors, and terrors of a cummunist government. His
poem was beautiful. It is a story of slavery in not only America but in
the world. The title may be America but it is not right to judge the US for
their problems when all countries have suffered the same. The world isn't
perfect, the human race is not perfect. But people like Langston Hughes can
help us learn and can teach us to see the wrongs that have been committed.
Only after we learn of the terrors once witnessed is when we can avoid
repeating the mistakes all of humanity has made.I am usually not the
biggest poetry fan but Langston was a credible poet and a great writer.
Despite the controversies of the simplicity of his works.
Yarel 16 years old from United States
Comment 62 of 183, added on March 21st, 2006 at 4:06 PM.
this poem sucked it had no soul or flow in its words im not impressed
Comment 61 of 183, added on March 19th, 2006 at 9:00 AM.
I think this poem gives you a new perspective on the USA. Very interesting
and touching. Great work Hughes!
alpal from United States
Comment 60 of 183, added on March 11th, 2006 at 7:14 AM.
At first I think this poem is really great. I like it even more than the
German ones ;)
I also believe we should consider that it is still up-to-date. I think that
the people today becomes more and more selfish with their grabbing and
greed. So they do what they want without thinking of other people living
around them. I don't know whether it is like this in America but I'm quite
sure that there's no place all over the world where you are safe from this.
I hope you see that we all make the world bad because we only wait and see
without doing something. That's it what the poem made me think of and I
hope that I'm not the only one because the world can be better if we do
something for her and always try to help other poeple instead of thinking
of our own profit from this actions.
Ari from Germany
Comment 59 of 183, added on February 28th, 2006 at 7:54 PM.
this poem is very touching and when i had to do a project on Hughes i never
thought i could be this touched by a single poem i think we all need to
look at ourselves and not judge every one and treat everyone equal great
from United States
Comment 58 of 183, added on February 21st, 2006 at 2:06 AM.
First off, it is really sad that alot of people posting here think Langston
Hughes is alive and are saying, "Hi" to him. Do some research, people!
There is alot of info on the web about LH, his life, and some critical
analysis of this poem.
I have to disagree that this poem applies to the US today. Especially
coming from the mouths of pre-teens and teenagers--you haven't even moved
out of your house yet so what do you know about the real challenges in this
country besides what you hear from family, TV, and your teachers? I studied
this poem among many other literary pieces while obtaining my undergraduate
degree. There is alot of misunderstanding when it comes ot the reading of
this piece. First of all, the American Dream, much like the City on A Hill
concept, will always be an unattainable goal, an ideal that can never be
realized in an imperfect world. This past weekend I witnessed a Girl Scout
troop performing this as part of World Thinking Day. I was appalled as they
acted out slaves being beaten and children recited these words. They do not
understand the meaning. The poem is not uplifintg--it is an expression of
the struggles of those from the depths of society to attain the Dream. In a
capitalist society, no matter how "rich" the poor are, there will still
always be a "poor" class and a Rich class. The demographics may differ but
there will always be such a system in the US, unless capitalism dies. The
only way that there can be equality as Hughes expressed would be in a
socilaist or communist government, where there are no real social classes.
It is important in criticizing any work that you consider the times in
which the work was crafted, the history of the writer themselves, and so
on. How can you otherwise put the work into the correct context to do an
JenPP from United States
Comment 57 of 183, added on February 14th, 2006 at 4:28 PM.
Wow this is BEAUTIFUL! The only reason that I am even on this site is b/c
i am doing hw and i need to kno y he wrote this poem but i am not having
any luck. But i will find it eventually so neway i love the poem I think
that it is really cool you kno what i mean i am sure u guys do cause like a
lot of peeps have said so but i haven't read all of them only the ones that
first popped up and one of them was left on my friends b-day (August 27)
and the next one was left on my b-day...(August 26) then another one was
left on my moms b-day (August 23) isn't that cool yeah i kno well i have to
go so bye!!
from United States
Comment 56 of 183, added on February 8th, 2006 at 5:48 PM.
This poem has a very interesting point of view. I wonder if Langston Hughes
were still alive today, if he'd still have the same point of view that he
has in this poem.
To American Gal and All American Boy:
First of all before you talk please know what you're talking about.
Honey if Langston hated this country so much he probably would have moved
if he could. But remember that he was a black man without rights. You can't
blame him for feeling this way when he was treated like crap. This poem is
how he felt during that time.
Secondly, men didn't fight for his ass, they fought for their own ass and
their country. It just so happened to be that he was there at the time.
Ok then. Thats my input. I realy think america has changed though.:-)
okairy from United States
Comment 55 of 183, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 11:47 AM.
this poem rocks!!!!!!!!!!!. i love it so much that i made a rock album out
Comment 54 of 183, added on February 1st, 2006 at 11:01 AM.
This poem was fantastic to read! I am doing a project on him for black
history month! It was a very well written, well spoken poem! And if I was
able to speak to Langston I would say just that!
Holly from United States
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