Whitman uses a variety of words and phrases to express the tone. By continuing to state that he is also an American, the speaker is letting the audience know that he is equal to others and should be given the same liberties as white Americans. By refusing to buckle under the awful pressures of slavery and oppression, the speaker moves ever closer towards eventual freedom and racial equality. Historical Analysis of I, Too was born in 1902 and died in 1967, and during the span of his lifetime, he saw America grow and evolve when it came to equal rights for minorities. The poem is made more effective by using words with deeper. Just as he began with a one-line stanza, Hughes ends his poem with one, as well.
He's looking forward to the day America fulfills her promise of freedom. Hence, they expressed their feelings of sufferings, helplessness, isolation and yearnings for hope through different artistic ways, like poetry, art, and music, which also marks the birth of their racial consciousness and self- conception, and help them learn to have racial pride in themselves. This poem is using simple language but it has strong sounds. They made you work as menials for greedy private gain ; 7. Not only is the poet talking about himself, but also talking for everyone else standing in the same position. Unlike other poets, he chose to do so by reminding his audience that his race was strong and beautiful.
The tone changes throughout the poem. Themes of the Poem Although a short poem, the themes of 'I, Too, Sing America' are many. The poem begins by focusing on America's history of racial oppression, but looks towards a brighter future, when white Americans will recognize black Americans as their equals, and be ashamed of their previous prejudice. Fortunately, Hughes lived long enough to see the Civil Rights Act of 1964 become law; however, the struggles of African Americans and other minority groups continue to exist in the United States today. The poem focuses on how African-Americans are treated with inequality and their hope for equality. Langston Hughes, who lived from 1902 to 1967, wrote this poem not really that long after slavery was abolished 1865 , and before miscegenation laws were declared unconstitutional 1967.
Hughes suggests that even though the circumstances are different for African Americans, they also deserve to experience patriotism. Could it be about America today? Hughes takes the thoughts expressed in the third stanza one step further in the fourth. . But why make the first line the title, in the first place? And keep your voice even. The poet also uses words such as blithe, and friendly.
I am the darker brother. It is easy to visualize this quote. There is an obvious divide between the speaker and those who he is serving. The man is infuriated at how he is treated, but he knows he is strong enough to fight back. Compare and contrast is also a more generally applicable skill that will serve students well in other capacities comparing political platforms, ideological systems, plans, policies, resumes, decisions, insurance programs, etc. As the blacks were only the slaves brought to America by Europeans from their African colonies in order to meet the labour needs. This creates the feeling of division, oppression, and even discouragement.
Focusing on these elements will help a reader understand what the tone of the poem is. No, really - what do you think? Metaphors and symbols are used because they say what we want to say, more vividly and forcefully. He says he is not aloud to eat with the others in the dinning room when there is company over, and how they make him eat in the kitchen with the chefs and help of the house. His poem 'I, Too, Sing America' addresses some of the major themes of his writings, including racist mistreatment and stereotypes, finding power and hope, and that being black is beautiful. If you wanted to picture the speaker as a single individual, though, we could envision him as a black domestic servant - but one who has ambitions, plans, and dreams for the future.
Blithe is a synonym for happy and cheerful. The verbs used in this poem are deliberate and indicates action, keeping the poem moving in such a pace that the reader is compelled to feel as if he or she is going through the workday with each laborer. Therefore, the last line doesn't follow aclassic metric foot patter, thus the confusion. Hughes also seems to be calling out the hypocrisy African Americans are forced to endure. An irregular rhythm gives the poem a solemn and troubled feeling, which mirrors the conflicting and unsteady relationship between the Blacks and Whites in America.
It's almost as if a whole community is speaking this poem, instead of just one individual. Breakdown Analysis of I, Too Hughes utilizes free verse here. Hughes skill in representing deep emotion and impacting the reader while still depicting very real situations serves to promote his plea for change Gohar, 151. The poem is also made more effective by using words with deeper meanings. Without a skilled person in every job needed, the other fields may suffer. This entry was posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:06 am and is filed under.
The poem, I, Too, Sing America, written by Langston Hughes, also focuses around the invisiblity but in more of an indirect way of a black slave. The purpose for the irregular structure is to create an effect of unequalness, symbolizing the discrimination he is receiving. This helped the poem create a sense of unity and harmony between races. Acrostic poems arewritten vertically with each letter starting each l … ine. And symbolizes that he has a stand in the nation. This section contains 384 words approx. The speaker wants them to listen to his voice.