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I, Too

Rating: 4.1

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
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Hunter irish 19 March 2012

I think that this is a great poem. Because it teaches you about not being able to eat in the dinning room when you are a young slave. but when you get older you are aloud to eat in the dinning room when the company comes.

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Deborah Schuff 20 March 2009

Ha! Take THAT, Walt Whitman!

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Tee Bricker 18 May 2015

Hughes was actually a FAN of Whitman and was greatly influenced by his free verse, “democratic” style of poetry. If you ever bother reading up on Whitman’s works (like “Song of Myself”) , you will notice that he loves all Americans and believes everyone to be equal regardless of age, race, or gender. Please do your research before bashing.

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Luke Johnson 17 December 2009

What makes Langston great is not the things he says(which are usually overtly simplistic) , but the things he said during the time period in which he lived.

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Cynthia Cathcart 10 November 2008

This poem is especially relevant given the recent election in America. Absolutely prescient. Langston Hughes was a prophet.

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Sally Plumb Plumb 06 June 2021

A. favourite of mine

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Sanjibsaha Aniketa 24 December 2019

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

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David Walker 12 September 2019

I absolutelty Love Langston hughes poetry. I've wondered if " I to, am America" was the inspiration for Paul McCartneys Black Bird?

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Raynolds Moseamedi 17 October 2018

Wonderful poem, brilliant.

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Laura 08 October 2018

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.

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