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

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Comment 8 of 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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
Comment 5 of 28, added on April 2nd, 2005 at 8:22 PM.

this poems talks about a law the jim-crow section because you do know that
blacks and white were separated and a kid that just wants to ride a horse.

Comment 4 of 28, added on January 9th, 2005 at 10:01 PM.

this poem isn't about segregation. this poem shows the difference between
the north and the south and a young black child's view on it. many blacks
migrated to the north during the 1920s. the southern blacks were accustomed
to seeing segregation in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but when they
arrived in the north there were no designated seats on the bus for the

j from United States
Comment 3 of 28, added on December 3rd, 2004 at 7:55 AM.

The poem refers back to the Rosa Park's event when she had to sit in the
back of the bus where all other African-Americans were told to sit. On the
bus, there is a white and lack section, but when on a merry-go-round, with
no sides or front or back, where do the white sits and where do the blacks
sit? The merry-go-round symbolizes justice and a somewhat freedome because
it is the first public property that permits use of both races.

JLC from United States
Comment 2 of 28, added on November 11th, 2004 at 12:09 PM.

This poem is a mirror on racism metaphrically speaking the meery go round
is form of institution or new technologically built structure built by a
white man.The argument of the jim crow talks about segregation and how
todays youths become cynnical to it.the point about the child not being
able to find the jim crow section metaphorically means that when white
people invent something or claim something invented by a black person they
often try to promote the item as solely belong to white people they often
try to make our youths believe that thier is no place in the world for
black people.

kizzie from United States
Comment 1 of 28, added on October 7th, 2004 at 2:39 PM.

This poem express how one feels and sees thing in there time.He tells the
hate of people and the jim crow car are the cops or to me that is what it
seems.He is saying how they are suculded from the rest and there is no
where for him to go on the merry-go-around when really it means in life he
speaks in code only some can understand and i wish we could have more
writters like that no one is writting about the war and all the hate there
people swear that everything is fine now and days like there is no hate in
the world but i think right now at this moment is when we need a
merry-go-around to help usand we need Langston to write another grate poem
to stop and help our world right now.

michelle andrade 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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