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Analysis and comments on Merry-Go-Round by Langston Hughes

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Comment 20 of 30, added on March 24th, 2009 at 9:30 PM.

Sorry buddy but a black child did not write that passage about all the
animosity, hatred, etc. Any child i know cannot write like that

josep from United States
Comment 19 of 30, added on March 23rd, 2009 at 8:27 PM.

Mr. Langston Hughes in school we made this poem a little more creative we
made it into a rap so younger kids as myself could relate to it.When I just
read the poem and really analyzed it I feel the as a black child in
America even though I wasn't living during those hard times that
African-American children had to go through all of that
racism,hatred,discrimination,animosity,and I can go on and on about the
things these children went through but I won't. But the Impact you had or I
should say Have on my life is astounding.This captures almost everything
that in my opinion black children and adults had to go through (back
then)segregation is really what this poem is about but to me it is so much
more thank you for really opening my Mr.Langston Hughes

Eboine only 13
Comment 18 of 30, added on May 15th, 2008 at 7:31 PM.

this poem is compiling, truthful, and a emblem to injustice

dr. harvey
Comment 17 of 30, added on May 7th, 2008 at 5:34 AM.

there is irony in his poem, the light-hearted tone contrasted to the
sadness in the normality of racism.

Comment 16 of 30, added on February 25th, 2008 at 5:10 PM.

This is not reffering to Rosa Parks, it is simply showing the unfairness
the little kid is experiencing. Jim Crow is an old song that was back in
those days and in the poem it is refering to the set of laws called the Jim
Crow laws. The term jim crow comes from an old comedian that blackened his
face with a burnt cork and danced and sang to jump jim crow this rediculous
skit making black people look un-human. He came up with this skit after
watching a crippled black person doing the same thing on the street

cole from United States
Comment 15 of 30, added on February 18th, 2008 at 4:25 PM.

this poem rox my sox!

Dani!! from United States
Comment 14 of 30, added on February 16th, 2008 at 10:11 PM.

I think that Langston deals with more then just one issue when he mentions
a merry Go round. Merry go round's go in circles. I think he laments that
racial injustices are like circles that have no end. The fact that he shows
up a controversial issue through the eyes of a child is also a poingnant

Becca from United States
Comment 13 of 30, added on January 7th, 2008 at 6:56 AM.

The merry-go-round symbolizes the perfect system of life: justice, equality
and freedom neatly survive... No back sits for black... No front sits for
white: the merry-go-round keeps going around and around, and there's noone
marching at the very top of the row!!

Anna from Italy
Comment 12 of 30, added on March 28th, 2007 at 12:08 PM.

this poem is very simple and very interresting but he has to be analysed i
think that "there ain't no back to a merry go round" is irronical

Sophie from France
Comment 11 of 30, added on May 3rd, 2006 at 8:20 AM.

"four stars"

no name from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Merry-Go-Round
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 6 2003

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