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

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Comment 12 of 172, added on January 20th, 2005 at 2:19 PM.

jb wrote: "According to hughes, who must rebuild the dream & why?" The who
is in the last stanza - WE THE PEOPLE. The why? That's a loaded question if
I ever read one. Seems as if he sides with the ones who have us "Tangled in
that ancient endless chain Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Staunch Republican, eh?


Lori from Canada
Comment 11 of 172, added on January 20th, 2005 at 4:14 AM.

Why does Hughes reaffirm the dream of an ideal America in the face of so
much evidence to the contrary?

Bryan
Comment 10 of 172, added on January 20th, 2005 at 2:24 AM.

A public reading of this poem will take place today, January 20th, at the
time of Bush's second oath of office as President. It is a testament to
this poem's greatness.

Tom Joad from United States
Comment 9 of 172, added on January 18th, 2005 at 1:22 PM.

Even as a non-american i find this poem very touching, especially due to
it's universal character. The author had the courage to write about the
huge problems of "the promised land" that touch not only americans, but
also all of mankind, but even though he is saddened by what is happening in
his country, i can feel his great love towards his homeland. Hughes is a
TRUE american. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Daniel from Poland
Comment 8 of 172, added on January 14th, 2005 at 10:34 PM.

Excellent poem... a classic whose message still reverberates in the hearts
of many today. Just as relevant today as it was when he wrote it.

Bilal from United States
Comment 7 of 172, added on January 3rd, 2005 at 12:14 PM.

hey, we are doing a seach for school about the great depression.. Langston
Hughes had a few good peoms about america and about the depression. i was
wondering if you could send me a few poems to help me out. All i really
need is peoms to do with the Great Deppression. oo yeah, that poem was
really good!

troy from United States
Comment 6 of 172, added on December 6th, 2004 at 5:11 PM.

THis is a heartfelt and cool poem


George from United States
Comment 5 of 172, added on November 17th, 2004 at 12:13 AM.

this poem was great i could understand where he was coming from the poem
even made me cry

Tasha dennin from United States
Comment 4 of 172, added on November 9th, 2004 at 6:17 PM.

I loved the poem and I also feel that Langston Hughes did the only thing a
black artist could do at the time. Taking a look at African Americans as
part of a larger population that sufferd from the poverty and powerlessness
of the Depression, one could see how the inequalities of class could lead
to seeking an existance out side of the norm. Life as a socialist would
lead to oppertunity and the promis of true communism could be no more
harmful than life as it was for the black person in the 1930's.

CJP from United States
Comment 3 of 172, added on November 5th, 2004 at 12:46 PM.

Let america be america again is a pretty workman-like specimen of Hughes'
poetry, and a solid example of Hughes' vision of the worth of dissent.
Yes, Hughes associated with American communists in the 1930s. That's
called dissent & political activity, and it's a good thing. It makes for
mediocre poetry (as in this poem), and it makes for longer-lasting
political repercussions. Michael Meyer's textbook, Poetry: An
Introduction, has an excellent section on Hughes. Check it out. Don't
rely on Cliff's Notes, or even worse, the half-baked ideas of whoever wants
to post on the web. Check out the Meyer textbook, and figure out something
about Hughes and his poetry for yourself.

JD from United States

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