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I, Too, Sing America Analysis



Author: Poetry of Langston Hughes Type: Poetry Views: 7743

I, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.Tomorrow,

I'll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody'll dare

Say to me,

"Eat in the kitchen,"

Then.Besides,They'll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed--I, too, am America.






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In Langston Hughes\'s \" I Too, Sing America\", Hughes lets the audience know that he lives in America and should have the same rights and voice as the white people ( the people who send him to eat in the kitchen when company comes ). He feels as if soon the day will come when he will be looked at as an equal and when it does the people that degraded him before will quote \" see how beautiful I am and be ashamed-\" because he belonged there from the beginning.

| Posted on 2013-04-23 | by a guest


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I think this is telling us that we black people shouldnt juayts wait till something happens but we should do it and beat uo the white people and cut off there egg rolls and for the whit smoking hot ladies we go hard on them in the closet .

| Posted on 2013-03-04 | by a guest


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I need to know why this poem is consider free verse

| Posted on 2013-02-27 | by a guest


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Hi I am a high school junior. I am wondering if people think that this poem has more of an optimistic tone to it or more of a pessimistic tone to it.
Thanks in advance to all those who reply to this post.
Everyone have a Happy New Years!!!
Would appreciate it if I could get some responses before todays over if possible.
posted on 2012-12-31

| Posted on 2012-12-31 | by a guest


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This poem is an amazing piece of literature. Langston Hughes is an extremely gifted writer. This poem puts an emphasize on discrimination. The writer\'s tone is longing, because he wishes that one day America will see that everyone is created equally. The tone is also re-assuring and confident.
Then.Besides,They\'ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--I, too, am America.
The lines above are very power because it shows that society knows that discrimination is wrong, yet they still engage in this act. After all, everyone is a human being and should be treated like one.
-MGS

| Posted on 2012-11-16 | by a guest


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What do you think he states that they will be \"Ashamed\" ?

| Posted on 2012-10-02 | by a guest


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In this poem Hughes is saying that America is like a family and it should be treated like a family .You should not be treated different or any less based on your skin color .

| Posted on 2012-06-14 | by a guest


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.Langston Hughes, talks about how his life is for being black. People don’t realize how important he is, they send him to eat at the kitchen just because of his color. He believes some day they’ll treat black people as one of them and won’t be ashamed of having a black guy in the house.
The poem isn’t just talking about one guy it is talking about all black people in the United States or any other country were they discriminate their race. When he says they send him to the kitchen is the same that happens to the black race, the white people used to let the black out of the important things. With the community changing every day the black people started to be treated as any other person in the world proved Hughes was right on his poem because now black people is able to eat at the kitchen when company comes, now black people is able to be involved in the important things that happen in the world. Everybody in the world is different no one has the right to critic any other person no matter if they are black, brown, yellow or any other colors god made us this way criticizing a person is criticizing gods work.

| Posted on 2012-03-01 | by a guest


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This poem was very easy to understand but i need more info. on the tone

| Posted on 2011-12-19 | by a guest


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The I TOO sing America is a very good poem, since it makes people to be aware of what was going on in America between the black people and whites.

| Posted on 2011-06-22 | by a guest


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this poem is an anti-discrimination poem\' talking about the injustice of the white to the black. it is well-known that, in America, the white are always prejudiced against the black because of their color. this unfair treatment makes the black feel that they do not belong to this country; they are only servants or slaves. But, in this poem, the poet feels as if he is in a great competition with the white as he insists on proving to them that he is an American person.

| Posted on 2011-06-03 | by a guest


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research this ppoem need notes someone help me email me at

| Posted on 2011-04-29 | by a guest


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I think we need more people like this. They show the emotion in writing from what they experienced and I like people like this because they are honest and I also think everybody id equal one one one one GET THE PICTURE USE IT EVERYDAY

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest


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Nice posts everyone! I agree with the person who commented on the poor grammar in this forum. Also, it would help if everyone read all of the posts before posting. This will help everyone in two ways, less repetition and better responses to people\'s questions. I am also looking for the rhyme and meter. If you google it there should be other websites that do a decent job in analyzing the poem. GL everyone. God Bless everyone
-CDT

| Posted on 2011-02-22 | by a guest


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Nice posts everyone! I agree with the person who commented on the poor grammar in this forum. Also, it would help if everyone read all of the posts before posting. This will help everyone in two ways, less repetition and better responses to people\'s questions. I am also looking for the rhyme and meter. If you google it there should be other websites that do a decent job in analyzing the poem. GL everyone. God Bless everyone
-CADET

| Posted on 2011-02-22 | by a guest


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Wow this means alot to African Americans because if you think about it really hard that is shownough what they used to do to us i was suprised when I first read the poem I had no freakin idea to what this was about. And my teacher was like well we cant ask him what this poem was bout now it was too late so she tried to help us get a full meaning to what this poem meant. But i was also surprised beacuse he was laughing at his masters and was like what are you talking about I am going to stay at at this freakin table no matter what you say to me. thanx love to all. me well i am a fourth grader and i am 10

| Posted on 2011-01-27 | by a guest


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this is realy an inpiration to black people and every other human being in this world. we should appreciate one another, we are all brothers and sisters even if we have different skin tone.

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest


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I love langston hughes and reading his poems makes me want to get out intothe world and make a difference:)
thank you langston

| Posted on 2010-12-10 | by a guest


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Incredible poem.. really like the message behind it!

| Posted on 2010-12-01 | by a guest


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i understand evey word and I love this poe.
High school Freshmen.

| Posted on 2010-10-13 | by a guest


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what are metaphor, simile, personification in this song? pleeaSEEE HELP ME!

| Posted on 2010-10-06 | by a guest


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Hi. This Has Teach Me A lot About Langston Hughes. Thanks For Helping Me Write My Essay
,Lola
,High School Senior

| Posted on 2010-09-28 | by a guest


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This poem is in response to Walt Whitman\'s I Hear America Singing which discusses how America is made up of all sorts of different workers and classes. The poem does not speak of the various ethnic groups and the work they do and how they are treated. Where as Whitman\'s poem celebrates the working class, Hughe\'s response in I Too Sing America is reminding America that there is still change needed. You can\'t celebrate a country without celebrating everyone in the country and their contributions. I love the hope he inspires in the end saying, \"Just you wait and see. I\'m biding my time.\"

| Posted on 2010-09-14 | by a guest


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This poem is in response to Walt Whitman\'s I Hear America Singing which discusses how America is made up of all sorts of different workers and classes. The poem does not speak of the various ethnic groups and the work they do and how they are treated. Where as Whitman\'s poem celebrates the working class, Hughe\'s response in I Too Sing America is reminding America that there is still change needed. You can\'t celebrate a country without celebrating everyone in the country and their contributions. I love the hope he inspires in the end saying, \"Just you wait and see. I\'m biding my time.\"

| Posted on 2010-09-14 | by a guest


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It's very likely that Hughes' poem addresses another point of racism too, racism within one's own race. Lighter-skinned blacks in the time of the Harlem Renaissance were known as yellows or bronzes and often felt superior to their "darker brother," who didn't as easily fit into white society. This is seen in much of his other work, along with the works of other writers likes James Baldwin. During that period, the "yellows" imagined themselves as part of the greater white community, and tried to throw off their African heritage. I think this poem is as much an indictment of them as it is of "White America".

| Posted on 2010-06-09 | by a guest


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This is amazing. If you need motivation read this!!

| Posted on 2010-06-03 | by a guest


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The poem “I, Too, Sing America,” by Langston Hughes is very inspirational. It shows the motivation of one person; a person who is determined not to give up, and just go with the flow. Eventually everything will come his way.
“I, Too, Sing America” describes the pain felt by an African in a world dominated by the Whites. In this poem, the speaker tries to express the agony with a hope that tomorrow will definitely bring a change and the White Americans will treat the Africans with equal honor in all the aspects of life, as rightly mentioned in the last line of the poem; "I, too, am, America.”
“I, Too, Sing America” is about slavery and how African Americas were treated badly. Although it’s speaking about the ill treatment, the speaker gives out a positive impact on the read, which makes them think about how they can hope for the future. ''But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong,“ this doesn't only suggest that the speaker is getting stronger physically, but also mentally. He doesn't take the slavery personally and hopes for tomorrow. The speaker knows that tomorrow will be better and he believes that slavery will be stopped, and the Whites will see how beautiful his people are and appreciate them.
The speaker says “I am the darker brother.” This means that color doesn’t mean anything and everyone is the same. Everyone is a part of one big family even if they have a different skin tone, they are all brothers and sisters and make America what it really is. By mentioning the line "I'll be at the table," the speaker hopes for a better future for the Africans. When he says he will grow strong, it would the speaker means that he will get strong mentally and hope for equal rights and freedom for him.

| Posted on 2010-05-02 | by a guest


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Langston Hughes is AMAZING !
He is an inspiration for black people!
He is the best poet ever... noone at their best could be as good as him!
I HEART TEINA PHILLIPS! (he goes too glenfield college New Zealand)

| Posted on 2010-04-24 | by a guest


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Langston Hughes is AMAZING !
He is an inspiration for black people!
He is the best poet ever... noone at their best could be as good as him!
I HEART TEINA PHILLIPS! (he goes too glenfield college New Zealand)

| Posted on 2010-04-24 | by a guest


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This poem really speaks to me. I feel that it is inspirational in a way that everyone should be able to do what they want no matter what other people think. This is a powerful message that should be shared with all.

| Posted on 2010-04-18 | by a guest


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Directed at the last comment, if it's not too late that is, the poem simply seems to refer to times of black enslavement. Blacks would not be permitted to dine with whites when guests were in attendance.
Hughes plays on the fact that (since this poem was written post-slavery) blacks were once in this situation, but now they are not. Today blacks are accepted as much of a human as any other human being.
However, "eat in the kitchen" could be a simplified metaphor for all human/civil rights.
Ironically, Hughes states, " Then.Besides,They'll see how beautiful I am / And be ashamed--I, too, am America."
Today, it is shameful to believe that we ever treated others (blacks) in such a way.
Hope this helped? A few weeks late maybe...

| Posted on 2010-04-12 | by a guest


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I need someon to help me what is the figure of speech in this...
I'll be at the table... meaning what?
AND..
"Eat in the kitchen" meaning what?
I need to know asap for my essay... Thank you!

| Posted on 2010-04-02 | by a guest


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what is the metaphor in this poem?/
someone please tell me! :( i need it for an English project and my teacher said that there is a metaphor and please tell the full explanation!

| Posted on 2010-03-31 | by a guest


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This is such a good poem Thank you Langston Hughes for writing this. This is actually saying that blacks are being mistreated and one day, they are going to rise up and be on the same level as white people. It is very inspirational.

| Posted on 2010-03-15 | by a guest


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Although the first time i read this poem i thought it talked of an upcoming civil rights movement, etc. I really actually feel its Hughes taking a stand meaning when he says, "Tomorrow, i'll be at the table when company comes. Nobody'll dare say to me, "eat in the kitchen"" i believe this means he will literally be at the table no matter what, that he is taking a stand and fighting for himself by making movements like this and encouraging other african americans to take such stands.
alex--senior in high school

| Posted on 2010-03-11 | by a guest


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I think that this is a great poem to show how the black people are getting lower standards then the white people. Hughes hopes for a better future for black people and thats what the line meant "I'll be at the table" and when he says he will grow strong it would mean that they will get strong mentally and hope for equal rights and freedom.
-Kier
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| Posted on 2010-02-17 | by a guest


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Please learn to spell before you post people! Who would have thought the youth of today would embarrass the geniuses of yesterday so much? To the kitchen all y'all

| Posted on 2010-01-23 | by a guest


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These post really helped me out for an essay i had to write about what this poem meant to the people today. Thanks yall.

| Posted on 2009-12-15 | by a guest


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This poem serves as a critic on the life of a black man, who is unfairly not regarded as the American that he actually is. It foreshadows the uprising black movement toward freedom and equality within the country and discusses the shame whites will experience after realizing the disgusting nature of their treatment toward blacks.

| Posted on 2009-11-30 | by a guest


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I am a graphic designer and chose to quote this very influential man for a racial profiling poster. Thank you for writing this Langston Hughes.

| Posted on 2009-11-04 | by a guest




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