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Let America Be America Again Analysis



Author: poem of Langston Hughes Type: poem Views: 150


Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars
?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek--
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one's own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean--
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That's made America the land it has become.
O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home--
For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,
And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa's strand I came
To build a "homeland of the free."

The free?

Who said the free?  Not me?
Surely not me?  The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we've dreamed
And all the songs we've sung
And all the hopes we've held
And all the flags we've hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay--
Except the dream that's almost dead today.

O, let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be--the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME--
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose--
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath--
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain--
All, all the stretch of these great green states--
And make America again!

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Well, it basicly mean that. At Hughes time, America were ruled by simple rule : the strong crushed the weak, the rich crushed the poor, etc. If you were poor (which is the majority, not only mean to blacks, like poor white, immigrant, etc.) Hughes wrote this poem as a representive of all the people that are listed. no matter how hard they try, they can\'t have the \"American Dream\" but barely passby. America have become the land of chain by the riches. Unlike the old America where anyone and everyone have the opputunity to become what they dream of. Hughes want America turn back to the \"America: the land of dream and freedom\". That all i can said.... don\'t think too much of it

| Posted on 2012-04-12 | by a guest


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here Hughes wants to see america in the light of his dream.the american idea of liberty,equality,democracy doesn\'t seem to be alive anymore.america has trnd out to be a \'\'tyrant\'s scheme\'\' where people r deprived by the powerful from their opportunities.he is here d spokesman of millions of people who dream and desire in d same way but subjugated by d oppressive tendencies of a tyrannous america.

| Posted on 2012-04-04 | by a guest


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it speaks of the freedom and equality which America boast but never had. Hughes supported that American Dream of brotherhood,fredoom and democracy must come to all people
and all the races in the world. he shows the injustices
african American\' s faced and still face today. America has never been land of free and oppurtunity.

| Posted on 2011-05-14 | by a guest


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This poem is a message intended to represent all the poor hard-working people who live in America, wheather they came from across the waters or are natives. He sees the government and the business people as full of greed, and not treating the lower class fairly; however, that\'s not the intention of the constitution, accoring to Hughes. He feels the \"Relief\" (free food for the needy) is not enough for him. He wants more of everything for everybody so America can become his America. By: Dr. Kerr, Ph.D.

| Posted on 2011-03-02 | by a guest


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this poem is saying that america used to be the land of the free and now it has changed for the worse and needs to turn back again. question: "who is the speaker in the poem?"

| Posted on 2010-03-17 | by a guest


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hughes just wants to let people know that freedom is not in america for mostly blacks.

| Posted on 2010-02-20 | by a guest


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Hughes is refering to his belief that being free in america isn't really being free... the meaning of the poem is simply that america needs to change. This is why he often says in the story that he is the poor white man or the slave or the red man

| Posted on 2010-01-26 | by a guest


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can someone actually post a real anylsis of this peom please!! i need help!

| Posted on 2009-04-08 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2008-05-08 | by a guest




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