Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

To Artina


I will take you heart.
I will take your soul out of your body
As though I were God.
I will not be satisfied
With the touch of your hand
Nor the sweet of your lips alone.
I will take your heart for mine.
I will take your soul.
I will be God when it comes to you.

Submitted: Friday, September 12, 2003

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  • Rookie i B (2/4/2012 3:20:00 PM)

    I think this poem is about the intensity of love. Sometimes, love does drive you to do things so absurd, like never wanting to be away from someone, or wanting everything from them, wanting them to always pay attention to you, wanting to share everything with them.

    the poem could almost be love speaking, saying that it will consume you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie S J (10/25/2009 7:58:00 PM)

    I see this as a letter that has no love to it... hate to a person named Artina. He wants to take the heart and soul out the body of his person. The way that god would punish someone. Hughes want to let the reader know that 'I'm God when it comes to you'. He will take form you everything that makes you live and thrive in this world. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Blair Green (2/7/2007 12:55:00 PM)

    This Poem, I think is one of the greatest love poems ever written. This man wants this woman's heart and soul. He could care less about the physical nature of this woman. His concerns for her are more on a spiritual level. This is the revelation that a Real-Man encounters when her has learned to love unconditionally, they way that God loves him. This is how we are to love our wives, with this exact type of passion. Please understand, that first the man has to submit himself totally and unconditionally to God, and allow the Holy Spirit to truly work in him. This is 'Perfect Love! ' The Love that is patient; that is kind; that does not envy; that does not boast; that is not proud; that is not rude; that is not self-seeking; that is not easily angered; that keeps no record of wrongs; that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth; that always protects; that always trusts; that always hopes; and that always perseveres. Love never fails! God is Love. Jesus Christ is Love Perfected. When we learn to Love unconditionally as God love us, then this poem is easy to understand. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Thomas (11/1/2006 2:50:00 PM)

    The most simple statement I see when I read this poem is 'I want the entirety of who you are'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Indy~pendent Wilkerson (6/11/2006 10:05:00 AM)

    I used to dislike this poem, it reminded me of being in a controlling relationship... but now I see this as nothing can be taken if it is not given.
    If you put the emphases onto the word 'will' and make it sound more like 'I accept' you hear a lover accepting the love, as in body, mind and soul, of another, and declaring to be there for her, to look after her. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marvin Brown (8/9/2005 10:50:00 AM)

    Can someone comment on what this poem really means? (Report) Reply

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