Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter
And my throat
Is deep with song,
You do not think
I suffer after
I have held my pain
So long?

Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter,
You do not hear
My inner cry?
Because my feet
Are gay with dancing,
You do not know
I die?

Analysis, meaning and summary of Langston Hughes's poem Minstrel Man


  1. awc says:

    this almost compleatly describes me. While reading this I have looked back into the past and seen how many people I have lied to about my emotions and now i am going to fix it.

  2. Nate says:

    This is a very nice poem (thate all i can say)

  3. Tameika says:

    i love this poem…it reminds me of myself at times. Langston Hughes are an inspiration to me i love them all.

  4. quack johnsson says:

    Theo cat ate some cream did James Madison cello priest write a poem, then wish eroded oft historical protects tame rottener. Getränke

  5. kristine says:

    very nice poem. it shows a lot of deep emotions. the person shown here is about his secret feelings when he face others.

  6. Myasia says:

    Langston Hughes is amazing. iam only 13 years of age and he has helped me appreciate poetry more. he is absolutely graceful in his words. i have sooo much honor and respect for him.

  7. Amanda says:

    Hughes ability to show so much emotion is such a short poem is amazing. This poem says alot about African Americans and the jobs and injustices they had to endure and continue to endure.

  8. Naomee Jackson says:

    this is a very unqine poem it touched my heart in what i cant not explain this is such a wounderful poem i had to email it to tons of my friends if you want to check even better poem than this log on to and then type in Ingram Jodi and then click on Jodi Nicole Ingram and then go back and then type in Joesph Bly and then click on joesph robert bly

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