Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Freedom's Plow - Poem by Langston Hughes

When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his hands
Empty, but clean,
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Comments about Freedom's Plow by Langston Hughes

  • (9/24/2016 12:53:00 PM)


    Lovely poem...published in New York Times 9/22.2016 (Report) Reply

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  • (4/12/2016 4:17:00 AM)


    A vibrant poem not to be forgotten; words by themselves mean nothing. (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (3/5/2016 7:39:00 AM)


    KEEP YOUR HAND ON THE PLOW! HOLD ON!
    Yes, a song for freedom. at last he dream is true, Langston. They kept their hands on on the plow and they won the race at last.
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  • (2/13/2015 8:06:00 AM)


    A powerful and strong message in the poem that is for freedom the cherished dream of the people total freedom a nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/12/2015 3:55:00 AM)


    Nice piece of work. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

    E.K.L.
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  • (12/29/2012 11:06:00 AM)


    Not nearly as well written as his smaller, non-political poems. Polemic poetry is of course, hard to write well. Perhaps trying to write a fine poem about such things is impossible.
    In any case, America has never stood for freedom, but rather for hypocrisy and banditry, as is becoming increasing clear with each passing day.
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  • (5/27/2008 5:57:00 PM)


    Wow. This is a powerful poem. Perhaps to get the full effect we would have to read it as if we were all black, southern priests, belting it out like a baptist sermon. That's what Langston Hughes's poems are like, though, aren't they? Sermons. But not sermons of religion, sermons of humanity. (Report) Reply

  • (9/11/2005 1:38:00 PM)


    Freedom Plow is a significant, prolific poem because it purpose is still relivent for today's times. Many of us are struggling with not only racial injustice on society, we are struggling with the injustice that we place upon ourselves. The greatest injustice any person, black or white can place upon ourselves is to give up hope and faith in our dreams and our god. 'KEEP YOUR HAND ON THE PLOW! HOLD ON! (Report) Reply








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