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Analysis and comments on Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

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Comment 45 of 195, added on October 4th, 2005 at 3:05 PM.

This poem was good but long. I think that if you would have summed it up a
little better more people would read it. Like I said it was a good poem but
really long. I know that I had a hard time keeping reading it only becuase
of the length. You made your point and thats the great part I mean the only
kind of good peom is the one witha point. You have made a good statment and
it touched me. Me myself likes to write poetry and enjoyes reading it. But
I am the kind of person that likes to write about death and teen troubles
being a teen myself. I have been through a lot in life eventhough i am only
17 but I can tell you some horrifying things which is why your poems
touched me. Its a good poem keep on writting likw this and it will take you
to greater places.

Jessika from United States
Comment 44 of 195, added on October 4th, 2005 at 10:28 AM.

dear american gal,
you comments were very difficult to read. asan american i find it
desperatelyimportant to understand the past failures of our nation, and
look at them honestly. of course hughes poem is driven by a sense of malice
in that he is malicious against blatant injustice, which prevailed in the
black disinfranchised communities of the urban north namely his beloved
new york. his cry is not a cry of damnation as you seemed so set to label
it, but obiously in the title alone much less the body of work a cry for
reform, for positive revolution within a society. (the most fundamental
conviction of our young nation) your stance of love it or leave it is
desperately lacking in its value. in practice such a principle applied
exaustively as you seem to be applying it here would demand abandonment of
all things that are flawed including the people we love, the jobs we hold,
and the country we share. our nation is remarkable and unique in many
respects, yet we have a particularly dark past for such a short life. if
there is any hope of a future for the people of america it begins where
langston hughes began here, at looking honestly at the problems, the
crimes, the atrocities we as a nation are guilty of internally and abroad
and seeking to right these overt and scaring wrongs. i hope you will
reconsider your very impatient insecure and defensive comments on this very
important piece of art and american history.
sincerely and humbly,
post script- the poem is most powerful when it asks "who has drawn a veil
across the stars"

Comment 43 of 195, added on October 4th, 2005 at 9:42 AM.

This is borderline trash. Good Poem? Hardly. While the poem is rich in
passion is grossly misrepresents America and as a poet myself I find this
sort of 'anger driven' wordage pure fluff. So Langston Hughes doesn't like
America...he can leave. It's not positive, it reeks of malice and the
amount of support shown on this site proves that ignorance does abound.
Slap a poem title on something Hughes wrote and you suddenly see the rise
in ass kissing...

American Gal from United States
Comment 42 of 195, added on October 3rd, 2005 at 6:38 PM.

this poem is so deep i actually read it five times. i mean this poem is
just like america is today. it's a crazy world right now and this coming
from a sixteen year old. i really love this poem. i mean this poem is so
deep that words can't even describe how it makes me feel inside and out.

Shaquita from United States
Comment 41 of 195, added on September 30th, 2005 at 6:19 AM.

this poem is absolutely touching and so deep. when i read this poem over
the summer i fell in love with it instantely. its just beautiful and
Langston Hughes did an emaculate job on letting everybody know that life
wasnt easy for blacks and im proud of my heritage even more.

Alessandra from United States
Comment 40 of 195, added on September 26th, 2005 at 9:53 PM.

This is the most riveting poem my eyes have ever read. The eloquence and
emotion between each word gives me chills, in particular because of my
African-American background. This is a man who took history and understood
it in a way that many refuse to even brainstorm about. One must admire a
being that has the mental capacity to evaluate all effects on racial life,
not just his own.

Danielle from United States
Comment 39 of 195, added on September 24th, 2005 at 2:14 PM.

This poem really touched me....me.. a 12 year old girl. the world really
is full of Sh*t and the greedy people who steal & snatch. we can never heal
the scars of hate. yet we can work to make them heal & fade lighter.

Emma from United States
Comment 38 of 195, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 5:55 PM.

i read about this poem in the washington post, in an article regarding the
peace movement that has been gaining momentum in d.c. recently.

specifically the lines "let america be america again, let it be the dream
it used to be"

i like this poem, a lot.

it just...speaks, i guess.

milainey from Germany
Comment 37 of 195, added on September 10th, 2005 at 5:19 AM.

america will never be america again. america is the land of the natives
from whom everything was brutally snatched, and they can never come back
nor live the way they did. the modern america is full of materialists and

jennifer from United Kingdom
Comment 36 of 195, added on September 7th, 2005 at 3:28 PM.

if the read this poem more they would not understand 4 the land of the free
is but yet not free at all so to whom that rote this poem i say preach it


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