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I, Too, Sing America

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jai ashar

on 21 October 2014

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Transcript of I, Too, Sing America

I, Too, Sing America
Tone, Diction, Theme
I, Too, Sing America
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.
By
Jai Ashar
Isaac Poonen-Honig
&

Langston Hughes
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.
Annotated Poem
Tone- Optimistic, Proud
Diction- Figurative, Emotional
Theme- African Americans are an
integral part of American society
Concrete Detail #1
“I, too, sing America” (Line 1)
Tone: Optimistic
Diction: Figurative
Concrete Detail #2
“They send me to eat in the kitchen” (Line 3)
Tone: Optimistic
Diction: Figurative
Concrete Detail #3
“But I laugh, / And eat well, / And grow strong” (Lines 5-7)
Tone: Optimistic
Diction: Figurative
Concrete Detail #4
“Tomorrow, / I’ll be at the table” (Lines 8-9)
Tone: Shift from optimistic to proud
Diction: Shift from figurative to emotional
Concrete Detail #5
“Nobody’ll dare / Say to me” (Lines 11-12)
Tone: Proud
Diction: Emotional
Concrete Detail #6
(Lines 16-17)

“They’ll see how beautiful I am / And be ashamed”
Tone: Proud
Diction: Emotional
Langston Hughes
Image URL:
http://hmhfyi.com/fyi/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/fyi_g12_c03_protest-700x420.jpg
Summary
Claims he is part of America
Is sent away or segregated
Envisions no longer being sent away
Whites will see his equality to them or his "beauty"
Conclusion
Theme- African Americans are an integral part of American society

Proudly identifies as American
Is segregated against
Works for his rights and equal treatment
Repetition of his identification as an American, just the same as any other
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