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Langston Hughes - Democracy

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
   Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right 
As the other fellow has
  To stand
On my two feet 
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say, 
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

      Is a strong seed
      In a great need.

      I live here, too.
      I want freedom
      Just as you.

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Democracy - Comments and Information

Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Democracy
Year: Published/Written in 1949
Poem of the Day: Feb 18 2014

Comment 8 of 8, added on March 1st, 2011 at 12:03 AM.
Form and Structuce

I want to know the form and structure of the poem "Democracy by Langston Hughes" and "I Know why the Cage Bird Sings by Maya Angelou". Can anyone help me? I really need your help, please...

Michael from Malaysia
Comment 7 of 8, added on February 17th, 2011 at 8:32 AM.

As it is suggested by the Scholars that whatever Writers
write it must reflects the society in which he or she
lives so Hughes Poem reflects the way Black Americans were treated were tortured,humiliated,harassed and not allowed to participate full in Political matters in short they had no say which are against with Human rights as declared in 1948.So we need FREEDOM through it DEMOCRACY could be attained.Congratulation to the writer for being FREEDOM FIGHTER.

ERICK MKWEJI from Tanzania
Comment 6 of 8, added on August 17th, 2010 at 12:40 AM.
Corporate Personhood

Hughes' poem is concise and unambiguous. I wonder though...Would Hughes' be ok with a Corporation such as McDonald's or Exxon/Mobil reciting his poem. That is, essentially what the Supreme Court has decided in the recent first amendment case brought before the court by a Corporately funded group called Citizens United! According to the Supreme Court, corporations deserve free speech rights! Corporate personhood will eventually spell the end of democratic representative government. Bye, bye America! That is, unless we get out and do what Hughes suggested. We need a grassroots movement to amend the constitution to disallow corporate personhood and all corporate sponsorship of out lawmakers and government officials. Corporations belong in a subservient role in our society, not the dominant role that they have developed over the last few decades.

Douglas from United States

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