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Comment 42 of 172, added on September 15th, 2011 at 12:37 PM.
The poem seems to be about how Hughes feels being African American in a
country made up of more whites than blacks. He points out that both whites
and blacks are American, and that differences makes up America as a
country. He says that he has the same likes as other races do but
continues to return to thinking that he will always be seen as different.
Margaret from United States
Comment 41 of 172, added on August 25th, 2011 at 7:19 AM.
am johannesburg universuty student, am currently writing assignment of this
poem and I love this poem. the speaker reveal more about his identity. he
discribe his race throuhg by mentioning the word"colored" in line two of
first stanza, place in form/term of time and writing. hope enjoy the little
that I have discussed.
from South Africa
Comment 40 of 172, added on September 12th, 2010 at 2:22 PM.
together we can
this is an awsome poem here it is so touching and inspiring
kelle from United Kingdom
Comment 39 of 172, added on May 11th, 2010 at 5:29 PM.
the double conciseness
The “theme for English B” diagnoses the internal relationship between the
poet and the land of his society (America). The double conciseness that
affiliated with the poet’s psychological point of view (piece of mind)
gives poem readers (African Americans) a connection between their roots
(Africa) and their country (America). The influence of these two elements
(race and class) on the poet’s pedagogy drives his thoughts toward a
positive critical thinking. The poet prescribes that psychological manner,
which consists of diversity, ethnicity, and race in this country.
Comment 38 of 172, added on December 14th, 2009 at 10:39 PM.
the literary techniques: plot, character, setting, tone, point of view,
symbols, and themes. i love this poem. its very powerful, and it speaks to
everyone in the world--not just americans. the round protagonist in this
poem is conveyed as the voice of reason- but it is not himself Hughes is
conveying, its his race. the way the teacher talks is in a rhyme scheme,
which seems to bring the seed that the teacher planted into his head about
being poetic and abstract. this poem shows that the white man has more
freedoms than himself, but in america, it is more than just black and
white. he has the chance to explain to his white professor about his
african american background. although, when you have less rights than the
person you are trying to explain to, it makes the explanation more
the protagonist seems to question why specific races think they are
superior-he says they all make up america. and even more than that, they
all make up our world.
his "assignment" shows the angle at which he is trying to explain. he
needed a solution to the problem that his being conveyed. his outcome leads
to a revelation of truth...everyone is the same. that all people have a
symbiotic relationship-all rely and gain from each other... and this
relationship is inevitable.
the climax of this comes when the protagonist opens the readers eyes to
views of racism, social status,and political equality in america.
i found three themes:
1. people are more alike than different.
2. ethnicity doesnt alter interests
3. race doesnt define who you are.
hope this helps.
christina from Chile
Comment 37 of 172, added on November 16th, 2009 at 11:39 AM.
A different point of view.
This is a wonderful poem, as Langston Hughes is a wonderful poet. I have
read many of the reviews and see that many people feel as though the
speaker in this poem is being segregated against in his life. I do not see
that to be the case. I believe the speaker in this poem (btw, the speaker
is not Hughes, as Hughes was a middle aged man when he wrote this poem) is
segregating himself from a white society. I just wrote a 5 page paper
arguing this idea. Many things the speaker says in the poem show that the
instructor and other students are not the ones making a big deal about the
fact that he is colored, but it is him who consistently is stating that he
is colored and does not wish to be a part of the white society.
Sarah from United States
Comment 36 of 172, added on May 12th, 2009 at 5:14 PM.
i love this poem. it is my favorite poem. i'm writing a paper on it rite
now for my english class. i like it it is delicious
bob from United States
Comment 35 of 172, added on September 12th, 2007 at 3:49 PM.
Shannon from United States
Comment 34 of 172, added on May 3rd, 2007 at 12:01 PM.
I am a Moroccan student and i happened to study this poem in my modern
poetry class . Langston hughes ' s poem reasons the issue of racial
segregation. There are more reasons than feelings and also a lot of
implicit arguments. This poem is factual and there is an argument that
builds up little by little that there is no ground for racial
discrimination."part of u, instructor" here the speaker means that they
share the same culture and that they are equal. In this poem, there is a
symbiotic relationship, as the pupil relies on his instructor and vice
Fatima from Morocco
Comment 33 of 172, added on April 28th, 2007 at 12:24 AM.
I agree with most all the comments posted about this poem and Hughes. I
like the poem a lot and I found Hughes expressed about the commonalities we
But what I haven't read is this:
This poem is not an autobigrphical. The young speaker is a character
invented by Hughes when he a middle-aged man/author. Just FYI, because
this was not a true assignment for him at the time he wrote this poem, but
I do believe it reflects back to many events/assignments he had when he was
in his early twenties.
I respect this poem, and the man.
Kathryn Howard from United States
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