Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

I, Too - Poem by Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.


Comments about I, Too by Langston Hughes

  • Raynolds Moseamedi (10/17/2018 8:44:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem, brilliant. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/8/2018 4:23:00 PM)


    I remember hearing that poem in 4th grade, it was very impressive on me as a young child and still is today at 62 years old. I believe that is when I first realized and fell in love with this country. Today, I am disappointed. (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2018 11:13:00 AM)


    Hughes could sum up complex ideas in simple and short stanzas, and yet hit you with the effect of a punch to the gut. He was always my favorite author of love poems for this reason, but I adore this poem as well, for the same reason. It's sad that things in 2018 haven't progressed as far as he dreamed of, but I love that as a child I could read this work and envision what he was talking about. (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2018 12:56:00 PM)


    Are Poems Allowed To Be On YGS? Just Asking So I Wont Get Taken Down. (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (11/30/2017 12:42:00 AM)


    Those days I've never witnessed....like the last stanza (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2017 9:58:00 AM)


    This turns me on sooo much (Report) Reply

  • Michael Hopkins (7/2/2017 8:23:00 AM)


    Yes, you too are an American. (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (1/18/2016 12:43:00 PM)


    Very funny and philosophical poem. (Report) Reply

  • Charity Nduhiu (8/25/2015 2:19:00 AM)

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    Wonderful poem bringing out how some people get discriminated. Thank you Hughes. Already Reported Reply

  • Melvina Germain (6/27/2015 12:28:00 AM)


    Well I most certainly agree with the word awesome used to describe my brother poet..... (Report) Reply

  • Lisbon Tawanda (5/13/2015 3:38:00 AM)


    this guy was (is) just awesome! (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2015 12:55:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2015 3:36:00 PM)


    I am so going to share this with my class (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2015 3:33:00 PM)


    This poem is a great way to describe how colored people were treated back in the days (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2015 9:36:00 PM)


    America... (Report) Reply

  • (12/2/2014 10:37:00 AM)

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    This poem satisfies my deep sexual urges. I looooooooovvvvvve my boy langston! ! ! Already Reported Reply

    (10/11/2018 12:42:00 PM)

    you are tickling my slipperiest of pickles

    (10/11/2018 12:39:00 PM)

    That is hard core homie boi

    (10/11/2018 12:39:00 PM)

    That's dank bro

    (2/21/2018 4:56:00 PM)

    kinda creepy

  • Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:48:00 PM)


    I too will eat in the kitchen..lovely (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2013 5:57:00 PM)


    I love this poem! ! I read this back in middle school and I have always loved it! What a brilliant and talented man! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (5/7/2013 9:13:00 AM)


    This is brilliant
    Simply Radiant
    It is an artistic
    Piece of Work
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  • (12/2/2012 4:13:00 PM)


    I LOVE this poem, it makes me think, that here is a man, who was tried to make feel less inferior by his color shouting to the world that he was someone and that people should pay attention to him (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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