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I Too, By Langston Hughes

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DaMonte Jones

on 17 December 2014

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Transcript of I Too, By Langston Hughes

"I, Too"
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.
By Langston Hughes
Language
Free Verse
Repitition
Second and third stanzas reflect similar actions
"They send me to eat in the kitchen/When company comes"
"When company comes./Nobody'll dare/Say to me,/'Eat in the kitchen,'"
Isolation/Position
First and last lines are isolated
"I, too, sing America."
"I, too, am America"
SOAPSTone
Speaker - African American, likely a servant

Occasion - Harlem Renaissance, post 15th Amendment

Audience - Speaker's thoughts, perhaps to other African Americans

Purpose - Asserting African Americans are proud and AMERICAN, rallying

Subject - Discrimination of African Americans won't hold them down

Tone - Defiant, proud, patriotic
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.
Refers to white Americans, likely masters
Allusion and response to Walt Whitman's poem "I Hear America Singing"
About the Poet/Poem
1. Langston Hughes was a major and influential artist in the Harlem Renaissance Movement
2.Hughes was heavily influenced by the works of Walt Whitman
3.Hughes also drew inspiration from observing the everyday people of Harlem


4. Hughes was largely criticized for his works, even by many black intellectuals.
5. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", one of Hughes most famous poems, was published when Hughes was in his teens.


Works Cited
Crowther, Linnea. "Langston Hughes: 10 Facts | Legacy.com." Legacy.com.

Legacy.com, 22 May 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2014.

"Langston Hughes." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 13 Dec.

2014.
Read and React
The poem makes me feel proud because it is good when an entire marginalized group of people fight the oppressor, it is very good.

I think this poem is about African Americans standing up for themselves by exploiting the small amount of freedom given to them by their oppressors.

I think the speaker sounded defiant. His words rang with strength and courage. He states everything with overwhelming confidence, which shows when he says "I, too, am America. (1)"
Paraphrase
I am an American Citizen as well.

I am an African American,
and white people send me away to eat when other white people arrive for dinner,
But I laugh at the white people,
And eat well,
And grow strong

Tomorrow,
I will be at the dinner table
With the white people
They will not dare
say to me
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Anymore

Instead,
They will see how strong and beautiful I am
And regret their actions

For I am also an American

Read and React v2.0
This poem made gave me hope for the Black community in America. It is a poem about gaining strength for the African American community and becoming equals with white people, which is shown when he says his third stanza and uses language such as "Nobody'll dare say to me 'eat in the kitchen' then." I think the speaker sounds strong when he uses this powerful and simple language.
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