Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Democracy - Poem by Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
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Comments about Democracy by Langston Hughes

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (3/17/2015 3:28:00 AM)

    Only an intense passion for freedom can ensure a powerful democracy. Very emphatic poem. I would like to quote the poet: I do not need my freedom when I'm dead / I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. (Report) Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (2/13/2015 8:07:00 AM)

    A true aspiration for freedom is the theme in the poem and likes. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (10/19/2014 6:14:00 PM)

    After Ancient Greece there is only one country that has know true democracy,
    the United States of America. After Life, Liberty is the most precious gift.
    Don't lose it. This poet knew it! Already Reported Reply

    Steven Mendoza (6/6/2015 12:58:00 AM)

    no democracy under slavery
    no democracy under segregation
    no democracy in Guantanamo Bay
    Old black Joe's still pickin' cotton
    Hughes isn't waiting for democracy:
    he's dead.

  • Primrose Tee Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:43:00 PM)

    Well written with great meaning (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Goldie (2/25/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    Freedom DOES exist. But we will not find it by sitting waiting for it to happen. Those who tell us that what will be will be keep us enslaved. If you want democracy; if you want your vote to count and your opinion to be considered- then you have to demand it! Wonderful words. Still relevant to this day. (Report) Reply

  • Kumi Nicholas Kumi Nicholas (8/14/2013 1:45:00 PM)

    Very factual fact. Freedom is what our desires but doesn't exist in reality.i do not need my freedom when I'm dead (Report) Reply

  • Mokete Maphehelle (6/13/2013 8:59:00 AM)

    this is the freedom we will never have. not when the democracy is raping us. (Report) Reply

  • Sarah Brignac (9/12/2012 12:03:00 AM)

    Love it! ! ! His words are true but yet he seems angry on how the government was run back then only if he was here today he would realize that our freedom is strong and we got thinks that would might never happen. My point is even if we are free, we will never be free if we let people bring us down. Freedom come with a cost! And freedom is still costing us today... (Report) Reply

  • Tyrone Thornton (11/24/2009 8:09:00 PM)

    Never heard more truthful, passionate, angry (but controlled) , heart fluttering words spoken ever before. (Report) Reply

  • Belinda Velez (7/7/2009 6:56:00 PM)

    This poem makes me so proud to be African American. It really shows the progress we've made and will continue to make. (Report) Reply

  • Jack Garvey (3/1/2009 11:20:00 AM)

    Hughes believed in the potential of all people. President Obama will prove the truths of his beliefs. (Report) Reply

  • Donna Murray (2/26/2009 6:22:00 PM)

    This poem is very real and deep in meaning (Report) Reply

  • Ronald Speight (2/14/2009 7:20:00 AM)

    usually poems give you something to say but im speechless (Report) Reply

  • Brittany Gilkes (1/12/2009 7:59:00 AM)

    love this poem its so deep (Report) Reply

  • Nakaissia Reed (12/21/2008 8:23:00 PM)

    Freedom has yet to ring-So why not hold on to the dream-Just like Langston said i have as much rights as you-[[so together lets dream]] (Report) Reply

  • Riquetta Elliott (4/23/2008 1:28:00 PM)

    The famous poet's poem will live on. Very well-written. (Report) Reply

  • Raphael Raphael (1/11/2007 10:35:00 PM)

    I'm sorry-

    But there ain't nobody like my Langston Hughes...The finest...The best...your poetic strength lives on beyond your eternal rest...I love you Langston... (Report) Reply

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