Daybreak In Alabama Poem by Langston Hughes

Daybreak In Alabama

Rating: 3.6

When I get to be a composer
I'm gonna write me some music about
Daybreak in Alabama
And I'm gonna put the purtiest songs in it
Rising out of the ground like a swamp mist
And falling out of heaven like soft dew.
I'm gonna put some tall tall trees in it
And the scent of pine needles
And the smell of red clay after rain
And long red necks
And poppy colored faces
And big brown arms
And the field daisy eyes
Of black and white black white black people
And I'm gonna put white hands
And black hands and brown and yellow hands
And red clay earth hands in it
Touching everybody with kind fingers
And touching each other natural as dew
In that dawn of music when I
Get to be a composer
And write about daybreak
In Alabama.

Enoch John 18 June 2008

This daybreak poem speaks to Hughes' simplicity, which actually was his genius.

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J P Klegg 27 June 2005

Maybe I take it all wrong but I see a lot of humor in his writing.

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Nordia Smith 07 April 2006

i think this poem is just bsolutely beautiful, it has both innocence and depth hughes speaks about the hopes he has for a better time after the oppression when he will be free, i love the language, the figures of speech he uses

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Chere Berman 01 April 2005

All of Langston Hughes' poetry is a cry from the Harlem Renaissance, but this one in particular is hauntingly beautiful. I love to perform this for my high school class, and they can even be seen moved to tears sometimes...and it always sparks a great discussion.

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Alexio Serrano 14 January 2014

If only we can all come together peacefully it would be joyous

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Savita Tyagi 19 March 2021

Marvelous poem. Day break of each place has its different charm. It's inspiration is universal.

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Luis Estable 19 March 2021

What I like about this poem is how he tries to say as much as possible with simple, meaningful lines.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 19 March 2021

A poet par excellence.He could have sung soul if he was a musician

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Sylvia Frances Chan 19 March 2021

Langston Hughes is constantly honest, that makes his poems, all his poems become immortal and with it he becomes immortal too, I have enjoyed very much reading poems of the great poet, immortal poet

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Sylvia Frances Chan 19 March 2021

First of all 5 Stars for this amazing cozy poem, To my favourites, such a cozy and pleasant poem, I have never read

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