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

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Comment 6 of 176, added on December 6th, 2004 at 5:11 PM.

THis is a heartfelt and cool poem

George from United States
Comment 5 of 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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
Comment 2 of 176, added on October 28th, 2004 at 8:52 AM.

It may seem like a great poem, but show caution for its source. Langston
Hughes was a leading figure in the 1930's American Communist Movement. For
a bio of Langston Hughes (many are available), try this:


Comment 1 of 176, added on October 27th, 2004 at 12:10 AM.

That was a great poem!

hawra from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Let America Be America Again
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