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Comment 20 of 150, added on November 9th, 2005 at 11:13 PM.
I knew this poem when i prepared for the application to U of Chicago. It's
in the essay topic options. I think he was only trying to make a
self-introduction, and trying to neglect his race by emphasizing it
Comment 19 of 150, added on October 30th, 2005 at 8:02 PM.
i don't get this poem.....i mean im reading it for my english class (we
have to write a paper on it) and we discussed it several times and i just
don't get it. i know they areen't talking about racism, but it looks like
that to me becauase they are talking about colored and white people. i
think some of his poems are kind of confusing and i don't get them. im not
a big fan of his, but i read some of his poems through junior high, and
freshman year at highschool. i just wanted to say that
cathy a. from United States
Comment 18 of 150, added on October 27th, 2005 at 8:00 PM.
I like his poems, they are deep and nice. At first I thought it was about
racism, but when I read it a couple of times it wasn't. It actually talked
about himeself as a twenty-two year old and the only Africian American in
the college he went to. i decided to post a commment on here because I'm
doing a reading response on it for English.
candii from United States
Comment 17 of 150, added on October 12th, 2005 at 8:02 PM.
I don't think the poem is about equality at all. Langston Hughes was a
strong advocate of being a "Black-poet" and wanted his African-American
peers to stop writing as if they are white.
"So will my oage be colored that I write? Being me, it will not be white."
His essay "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" is all about this
topic. I feel the poem is more about pride than equality. Just because
there is the word "free" near the end doesn't mean its the focus of the
Paul from United States
Comment 16 of 150, added on October 11th, 2005 at 11:11 AM.
I like this poem because it's like he's trying to express his humanity.
Sometimes I feel bad because it feels like people see me as a woman before
they see me as a human. I think before I am a woman, I have a mind, I have
a lust for life and an appreciation for my life, and I have all the basic
feelings as any human does. Thus, one should treat me equal as a human
because I think and feel the same way as any one else. I think he's saying
the same thing except that he's a human before he is a black man.
Helen from United States
Comment 15 of 150, added on September 19th, 2005 at 5:24 PM.
I thhink that James Hughes was trying to show everybody that color has
turned everyone against each other, and if we could only see past that,we
would know what he is trying to tell, and show us.
Molly Dorm from United States
Comment 14 of 150, added on September 2nd, 2005 at 2:21 PM.
I already know about the meaning of this poem. Theres no point in me saying
what everyone else has said about this being a plea for equality or saying
something about equality.
I just wish I could find an alternative meaning out of this, something
really important that no one else has seen yet, that's all I really want.
I focused on the lines of introduction on the teacher, and I concluded that
Langston Hughes is merely trying to express reality in abstract form. here
in further detail is my statement that focuses on the intro of the
The poem "Theme for English B" was a very interesting poem and was able to
make me think twice about real life situations and how they can be
translated so easily into art. The instructor in this poem is almost like
the voice of reason, or someone who guides the reader along to a path. I
found the instructor to be like Obe Wan Kinobe in Star Wars, where the
instructor is guiding the pupil along by not giving them all the answers,
but posing the important questions that will make them think in different
Upon reading the introduction of Langston Hughes poem called "Theme for
English B," I realized that there's a lot going on in the opening sequence.
Mr. Hughes is discussing his life in this poem in very intimate detail. He
immediately brings the reader into his own world with his descriptions of
the environment around him and exaplaining the thoughts going on in his
head. What made this introduction unique to me is that he pulled his life
into the page and showed us how he is living, and ddin't go for structure
or particular elements besides pure expression of his thoughts and
environment. The instructor is displayed as a robotic force that is merely
giving the students orders to be carried out. I also found it interesting
that he made the rhyme scheme work for something that the teacher
apparently said. I doubt that the teacher said those very exact words the
way that he describes them, but I do think he tried to bring the idea of
the seed the teacher planted in his head as being an abstract and poetic
concept, in other words, he tried to equivocate something that was poetic
in real life into true poetry, and show us the true quality of that
Overall I feel that this poem was very creative and allowed me to think a
lot about the possibility of using everyday people or places in art.
Langston Hughes poem made me concieve of possible alternatives to
constantly thinking in an abstract form. Instead he used something tangible
like his teacher, as a conduit in a greater machine that is his poem. I
liked how he was able to take this assignment that was given to him and use
it to ponder greater questions of his own existence in this world as a
human being. I constantly was suprised in reading over and over the poem
and how it made real life seem so surreal. The poem was not calculating in
it's approach to displaying the real world, in other words, it didn't just
summarize things that were going on, but streched into another boundary of
thought. The subjects that were covered were also interesting, like
discussing racial qualities, and the silliness in trying to differentiate
what a person might like, or how they might interpret something based on
purely the color of their skin. The author used a lot of reality and
imaginative qualities to make something that really evades easy
Philip from United States
Comment 13 of 150, added on August 30th, 2005 at 12:25 PM.
This poem of Lamgston Hughes, I believe, depicts the society at the time.
The white man being more free than himself. But mostly his leading theme
was that we are America. Everyone: from the wealthy white man to the
poorest of blacks. If only Langston could live now to see the melting pot
we have become. He would live in happier times, though of course he would
have nothing to write about. For those interested another great read of
Hughes is his autobiographical journey "I Wonder as I Wander". It has
countless stories about his lectures, many in the South during the time of
segregation and Jim Crow laws.
from United States
Comment 12 of 150, added on June 18th, 2005 at 8:43 AM.
I have to confess, i'm also a big fan of Hughes. I recommend also
on:"Dream Deferred","Cross" of Hhghes.enjoy...
Comment 11 of 150, added on May 17th, 2005 at 12:11 PM.
I don't necessarily believe that he was simply relating to his prof
strictly on an American equality standard (We're both Americans, we're
equal). If it were simply that as what makes them equal, what about the
Saudi Arabian and the Japanese men? Are they not equal simply because they
do not live in the same country? No, they are equal based on common traits
and characteristics of the human.
And Hughes points this out:
"I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life"
Does not everyone like to eat? Does not everyone like to drink? Does not
everyone like to be in love, to work, read, understand life? Whether you
agree or disagree with me, if you look deeper into your own self you will
find this as true, that you like to eat, be in love, search for the answers
in life. And this is not limited to Black or White, American or Saudi
Arabian or Japanese.
from United States
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