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"I, Too" -- Langston Hughes

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on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of "I, Too" -- Langston Hughes

"I, Too" -- Langston Hughes Background Information 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. Thanks for Watching! Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am American Langston Hughes, 1902-1967
African American
Went to Columbia University
Left after the first year of his university because of the racial discrimination From the poet's point of view
Free verse
Motivated himself with the unfair discrimination he received because of his colour
Positive and hopeful tone Theme and form "Kitchen" as a symbol of segregation and discrimination
"Strong" as a symbol for the poet's perseverance Figurative Language & Imagery "Laugh" identifies the tone of the poem Sound Devices "Too" is a caesura to express the strong desire of seeking equality
"Eat well" and "grow strong" are multiple stresses I,too--Langston Hughes Figurative Language & Imagery "Tomorrow" means in the future
"Table" symbolizes equality and power
Again, "kitchen" Sound Devices Enjambment between "dare" and "say"
"Dare": with a little threat? Never let adversity drive you down
Always keep hope and an optimistic mind
Regard oppression as motivation, and turn it on its head Personal Connection Azur and Gold -- Amy Lowell April had covered the hills
With flickering yellows and reds,
The sparkle and coolness of snow
Was blown from the mountain beds.

Across a deep-sunken stream
The pink of blossoming trees,
And from windless appleblooms
The humming of many bees.

The air was of rose and gold
Arabesqued with the song of birds
Who, swinging unseen under leaves,
Made music more eager than words.

Of a sudden, aslant the road,
A brightness to dazzle and stun,
A glint of the bluest blue,
A flash from a sapphire sun.

Blue-birds so blue, 't was a dream,
An impossible, unconceived hue,
The high sky of summer dropped down
Some rapturous ocean to woo.

Such a colour, such infinite light!
The heart of a fabulous gem,
Many-faceted, brilliant and rare.
Centre Stone of the earth's diadem!

Centre Stone of the Crown of the World,
"Sincerity" graved on your youth!
And your eyes hold the blue-bird flash,
The sapphire shaft, which is truth.
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