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Langston Hughes 1902-1967

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Brandon Diedrick

on 19 October 2016

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Transcript of Langston Hughes 1902-1967

Symbols
Hughes uses many symbols to convey the main idea.
- “America Again”. “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.”

-“poorest worker”. “I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil. I am the worker sold to the machine. I am the Negro, servant to you all.... The poorest worker bartered through the years”.
Imagery
Hughes uses a lot of intense imagery used to communicate this main idea.

-“I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars”.

-“the young man, full of strength and hope”

Let America Be America Again Analysis




The poem “Let America Be America Again”, by Langston Hughes is an interesting text about inequality in America.
-America is supposed to be a land of dreams, equality and opportunity for all, no matter what race or religion.
- America has become a place of racism, greed, and discrimination.

Main Idea
Langston Hughes 1902-1967
Figurative language

Alliteration:
“Let america be the dream the dreamers dreamed”. Personification:
“Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain”

Dialogue in brackets:
"(America never was America to me.)"
"(It never was America to me.)"




Tone
- Determined and purposeful.
“Let America be America Again”

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Personal and sad

“ America was never America to me”.

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Optimistic
"O, let America be America again—

The land that never has been yet—

And yet must be—the land where every man is free."

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