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Analysis and comments on Problems by Langston Hughes

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Comment 24 of 134, added on June 15th, 2009 at 9:33 PM.

You know so many interesting infomation. You might be very wise. I like
such people. Don't top writing.

GarykPatton from United States
Comment 23 of 134, added on March 13th, 2009 at 1:15 PM.

This is a love poem. About two people who are meant to be (in his mind) but
they just cant seem to get together. They were meant to be -- Then he goes
on to say What if the last four was him and he was late? Meaning -- What if
he is too late to be with his beloved. What if too much time has passed.

Anna Maria from United States
Comment 22 of 134, added on February 17th, 2009 at 2:48 PM.

This poem is awesome

Desk from United States
Comment 21 of 134, added on January 9th, 2009 at 12:03 PM.


Shelbz from United States
Comment 20 of 134, added on March 29th, 2007 at 9:09 PM.

“Problems,” by Langston Hughes, is one of his shorter poems. In this little
poem, Hughes uses simple mathematics to represent a deeper theme: identity.
The line “2 and 2 are 4” represents the consistency in humanity but, his
second stanza goes on to show how these identities can easily shift in
life. “If one 2 was me” suggests that things change as well as people and
people can shift in and out of other people’s lives. The title “problem”
suggests that, though there are problems in life and between humans, there
is an underlying consistency to be understood. These problems can “divide”
us, but it doesn’t mean that the outcome should come out any different.
Langston Hughes may be trying to imply that these “problem” are often
racial ones, especially in his time. Numbers are always numbers; people are
always people. The importance of these concepts shouldn’t be determined by
what number it is but rather just the fact it’s a number. With so many
uncontrollable variables in life, any consistency should be held on it. “If
one 2 was me” shows that Langston Hughes himself could have been born a
white man (or a 4) but it wouldn’t change his ultimate function.

Comment 19 of 134, added on March 29th, 2007 at 9:04 AM.

Very Good!

Dedrick Dunton from United States
Comment 18 of 134, added on July 20th, 2006 at 4:20 AM.

Great things come in small, if you like use simple, packages. The message
here is about the universality of the human expereince. It is not just
about racial, ethnic or gender realities but rather the entire notion of
how we all relate to another. "I am just another half of you, no matter who
you are anf both of us together will always add-up to a BIGGER SUMbody". So
watch it whenever you diminish someone else out of prejudice, you are
really HALFING yourself. And vice, when you DOUBLE someeone else, you are
in restrospect and in reflex, also LIFTED UP

FM from Nigeria
Comment 17 of 134, added on June 10th, 2006 at 12:11 AM.

Is it just deep or what? I didn't understand the supposedly meaning of the
poem. What's the message, huh? Can someone even tell? And why did the heck
did he even write the poem? Does the author himself understand his own
written piece???

langlo from Philippines
Comment 16 of 134, added on April 29th, 2006 at 10:58 AM.

how can anyone understand this poem i hate math and this poem makes no
sense at all!!!!!!!!!!

nabilah from United States
Comment 15 of 134, added on April 24th, 2006 at 8:05 PM.

This poem is excellent!! simple but complexed!! The complexity of the poem
is the equation it self, but the simplicity of it is the solution, because
what it all adds up to and what it oil boils down to is simply.... EQUALITY

Kenya Swain from Bahamas

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Problems
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Feb 28 2004

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