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

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Comment 52 of 222, 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 222, 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 222, added on December 19th, 2005 at 8:02 AM.

this poem was ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve from United States
Comment 49 of 222, 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
Comment 48 of 222, added on December 8th, 2005 at 2:09 PM.

This is my most favorite poem in the hole world!!
I love everything Langston Hughes has writen and he is my insporation for
everything I write.!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristina from United States
Comment 47 of 222, added on October 30th, 2005 at 3:43 PM.

It gets better each time I read it. As for American Gal and All American
Boy, your Love It or Leave It attitudes suck big time. How about Change It
or Lose It? Hate is not an American value....maybe it is now that I think
about it.

Pete from United States
Comment 46 of 222, added on October 16th, 2005 at 2:21 PM.

I am courently writn a paper on this poem and I trully think this poem
transends time. I belive this poem is a plea for a chance of humman
enbettrment through the voice of the weak and downtordden. This poems cries
many of the frustration we all swa with after math of Katrina. This poem is
nore than just an issue over black and whites.

Jon Sherman from United States
Comment 45 of 222, 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 222, 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 222, 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

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