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Comment 58 of 188, 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 188, 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 188, 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 188, 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 188, 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
Comment 53 of 188, added on January 20th, 2006 at 1:32 PM.
I am a student in High School who just read this poem and have to do a
project on it. I believe what Hughes has to say is very inspiring to anyone
who has read it. It shows his true feelings about racism and what he went
through. America is supposed to be THE american dream where everyone is
free and happy. In reality, this is not the case. NOT everyone is free and
treated equally like america states they should be. He's basically just
putting the truth out there whether someone is there to take it or not.
English Student from United States
Comment 52 of 188, added on January 7th, 2006 at 2:22 PM.
What can I say about this poem, first of all it is very detailed and
inspiring. It uses a lot of poem techniques such as imagery, diction,
reputation, and paradoxes. What I think is that sets this poem so far from
the others is that it is very straight forward on what Langston Hughes
wants you to think but it still makes you wonder. I personally want to
personally congratulate Langston Hughes on a great poem.
DJ Mitchell from United States
Comment 51 of 188, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 5:14 AM.
I think this poem is really inspiring. Though I'm not American, I have a
deep interest in it. I've read quite a bit about it and this poem has
summed it all up, all the questions I've asked when I read all the stories
and news on America and compared them with the country's ideals and "basic
dream".. I especially like the parts "O, let my land be a land where
Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath," and "And who are you
that draws your veil across the stars?".
Afzal from Singapore
Comment 50 of 188, added on December 19th, 2005 at 8:02 AM.
this poem was ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!
from United States
Comment 49 of 188, added on December 18th, 2005 at 8:41 PM.
This poem by Langston Hughes is one of my favorites. Like other readers,
Hughes portrait of what America has been and the optomism of what it could
be resonates to a greater degree every time I read it.
I am concerned about another reader's comments -- "American Gal". She
claims she is a poet, so I am anticipating she is versed in poetry,
writing, and "reading to get the point", yet she completely misses
Langston's message. It is unfortunate she chose to offer such a
short-sighted evaluation of this poem. It makes me wonder if she even
understood the feelings that are being expressed and why Hughes might feel
the way he does? Time? Place? Personal background?
This poem is timeless. Langston Hughes has given us a sketch of his history
which is as true today as it was when originally written.
Ryan from United States
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