I been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,

Looks like between ’em they done
Tried to make me

Stop laughin’, stop lovin’, stop livin’–
But I don’t care!
I’m still here!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Langston Hughes's poem Still Here


  1. alisha says:

    A slave is beaten up so much… he is afraid of so many things. his hope have been scattered just as the wind scatters the fallen leaves. the snow has curled him tightly and where the sun symbolizes happiness even that has given him pain. the happiest and the saddest moments only pain him.between the slave master and the authorities he has been tortured enough.even if people stop laughing,loving living. he is yet there and will always be there.

  2. Frida says:

    I just love how this poem is so simple yet so incredibly strong! and I how I can really relate to it.

  3. Kira says:

    This is a great poem. Just saying I don’t care I’m still here seems so Powerful. You can overcome anything if you have the right attitude. Stay strong now, things will get better. It may be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.

  4. Kira says:

    This is a great poem. Just saying I don’t care I’m still here seems so Powerful. You can overcome anything if you have the right attitude. Stay strong now, things will get better. It may be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.

  5. ReBecca says:

    This poem relates to me so much..i love it!! Its amazing!

  6. Jimmy says:

    Everyone, L. Hughes died of cancer, get over it.

  7. mark says:

    this is the greatest poem I have ever heard. Mykee preformed at my school, and it changed my life he gets a 5/5

  8. lev says:

    to the person who said he killed himself…

    he didnt kill himself, he died of cancer. unless you’re saying he killed himself with cancer.. i’d suggest you get your facts right.

  9. bjb says:

    Just a comment to the poster “Andrew.” Langston Hughes did NOT kill himself. He died following abdominal surgery.

  10. Barbara says:

    I’m not much of a person to read poems, but when I got a assiment to reaserch a poet any poet and do a project about that poet I was amazed on how well this poem discibed his life. This poem is now one of my all time favorates. I enjoyed reserching him and I am happily saying I got a A+!!!!!!

  11. Andrew says:

    I know this is an amazing poem… it has helped me alot, but i was thinking about what some of the comments said, about how langston hughes was a strong man. well he was, but clearly this poem didnt meen much in the end, becouse he killed himself. sorry to be brutal but if he never killed himself i think this poem would be more meeningfull… btw mykee is pritty cool guy.

  12. Delkis says:

    In the poem Still Here langston Hughes is trying to say that he is going to keep up fighting and he is not giving up.

  13. zainab says:

    im still here too,like langston..

  14. jordan says:

    this poem is good i am young and i have to turn in a poem about myself i think this pretty much explains it

  15. dark eyes says:

    i think this poem is really good because it shows that life is full of unwanted things and unfortunate occasions and even though we go through all these things, we’re “still here”

  16. eunice says:

    i really like this poem because it shows that whatever happens,we blacks will always be here. w’eve suvived!
    by the way, i’m 11, black, and proud of it!

  17. Tina brown says:

    This poem i like my lif right now cause peoplelove me but hurts me and i don’t care about it . and your poem makes me feel good and lets me know that i am not by my-self amd there’s more people around her like me and that’s good think you for making that poem cause their’s no one who understand me like you do hope you make more poem’s like that cause i will read them all. and agin think you an lot.


    I loved the poem and i think the power of mind in Langston cant stop me think of ever existential of a person, being born, live, and die is the mark of a persons existence and no matter what that will never diminish whether subjected to pain, joys, of this world or off down into graves one remains unique and thatr is an undiniable fact. Each person marks a history as long as one comes and leaves the face of the Earth. Yap Hughes is simply a smart Poet i lhave come to enjoy reading!-Augustine

  19. phelamanga says:

    i like ur poem it shows dat u’ll always be there no matter wat!!!!!

  20. elise says:

    i think that this poem is the best of the best!!!! even though i like shel silverstein better langston hughes is still GREAT!!! that 16 year old cant spell. by the way im 12 and i can spell appreciate. and umm… i think langston hughes is dead, isnt he? yea pretty sure!

  21. AgeAintNothingButANumber says:

    who woulda thought 2 words put together in the right combination can create a beautiful feeling in ones own heart

  22. Alexis says:

    In my opinion i think the poem is saying that he is tired or every suffering there is. He is expressing that there are so many problems in life

  23. Sia says:

    The first line of the poem should read “scarred and battered.” At least, that’s how it’s put on Mykee Fowlin’s website. Makes sense. Just thought you’d want to know.

  24. Camilla says:

    I really like this one! I feel like.. well, I don’t know. Like.. do what you wish, ‘cuz I won’t care! =P

  25. Evie Lee says:

    I’m only 15 and in a few months I will be 16. This poem makes me appriciate that I am still alive. The older that I get the more I notice the world around me. Like a robin perched on a branch or a spider web glistening after a light shower. Since I am still here I respect most of what is around me but not all the time. Live, Love, Laugh, and Praise the Lord.

  26. Brook says:

    Your poem is very touching and it is my favorite of them all on this “top 40” list. The poet Langston has a very awesome talent for writing and i enjoy reading them every day.

  27. chelsea says:

    Just hearing the words still here is such a strong meaning and if u say it over and over it’s a good feeling to saiy “im am still here”

  28. Katie Sullivan says:

    This poem is amazing!! Langston Hughes is my IDOL!

  29. Scott says:

    This poem is great and is written with so much feeling! Just hereing the two words together “still here” is really overr looked by a lot of people. We should appreciate that we are still here to experience the wonderful meaning of life and your purpose on this earth.

  30. Willow says:

    I remember the week before 2000. Everyone was afraid that the world was going to end. But it’s not like that becuase the human race is a race full of survivors. One of them being hughes. Poets are survivors beucase a lot of them were different. They had the strength to keep doing what they love. And that is why we are still here. We ARE still here becuase of creativity, imagination, strength, and love.

  31. betty carr says:

    I love this poem! I agree with Langston Hughes. IT’s 2005 and you got that all right!! I’m still here!Can identfy with the first two lines personally.I’m fifty three yrs. old and I’m still here! Amen

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