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Comment 27 of 147, added on March 8th, 2012 at 12:58 PM.

e7DHF8 Very informative blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

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Comment 26 of 147, added on February 9th, 2012 at 4:17 PM.

The poem is not nice for children

Marcelo from Canada
Comment 25 of 147, added on February 8th, 2010 at 3:22 PM.


Symbolize the love, the charity, since there is necessarily duality between
which gives and which receives.

Symbol of sexuality since 2 represents also the division of the unit in
male and female.

The principle of the duality can be represented in the form of couple or
pair, and would imply the idea of direct and reciprocal reports of simple
complementary relations. According to Eckarthausen, "2 is the Number by
which one is united to the other and by what only all parts of the world
make one."

MAC from United States
Comment 24 of 147, 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 147, 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 147, added on February 17th, 2009 at 2:48 PM.

This poem is awesome

Desk from United States
Comment 21 of 147, added on January 9th, 2009 at 12:03 PM.


Shelbz from United States
Comment 20 of 147, 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 147, added on March 29th, 2007 at 9:04 AM.

Very Good!

Dedrick Dunton from United States
Comment 18 of 147, 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

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Problems
Added: Feb 20 2003
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