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

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Comment 11 of 31, added on May 3rd, 2006 at 8:20 AM.

"four stars"

no name from United States
Comment 10 of 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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

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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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