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

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Comment 15 of 35, added on February 18th, 2008 at 4:25 PM.

this poem rox my sox!

Dani!! from United States
Comment 14 of 35, 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 35, 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 35, 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 35, added on May 3rd, 2006 at 8:20 AM.

"four stars"

no name from United States
Comment 10 of 35, added on February 21st, 2006 at 9:36 PM.

the poem is merly the confusion of segragation and discrimination threw a
child's eyes. it is writing about how blacks (back then) had no equality or
liberty and in my opinion the merry-go-round is symolizing that every spin
is change and that we should change and unite all races.

rnr from United States
Comment 9 of 35, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 12:00 PM.

Could this poem possible have a double meaning? I agree that the speaker
feels he doesn't have a place on the Merry-Go_round (or in life) and that
he doesn't have the same opportunites as whites. But could it also depict
an ideal life where there is no more segragation, but the speaker just
doesn't know how to react becasue the Jim Crow laws, etc have created an
instinctive impression that all blacks should be oppressed? Could it mean
that Hughes felt people had to want equality in order to understand and
repect it and thats why he wrote his poems? Just a thought. I could be
way off adn reading way too much into this.

Comment 8 of 35, added on December 7th, 2005 at 7:58 PM.

This is quite an interesting poem filled with irony and facts. Langston
Hughes really stretches the imagination with a simple poem. He makes the
reader think about it, there is no back to a merry-go-round!!

Ryan from United States
Comment 7 of 35, added on October 30th, 2005 at 8:48 PM.

First of all Hughes lived from 1902-1967. Merry go round, is about a black
kid who is just trying to get the same benifits in the world as the white
kids. The poem how harsh the Jim Crow laws were in the south when children
are experts in them.It is a very simple poem that requires minimal

Sami from United States
Comment 6 of 35, added on October 1st, 2005 at 11:52 PM.

I think you guys are all trying to read into this too much. I believe
Langston Hughes is simply trying to point out the unfairness of the Jim
Crow Law. When things are equal (meaning the circle shape of the
merry-go-round) where does the black child stand? Hughes is just trying to
wake you up and say look at how unfair this is.

MAK 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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