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.

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

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

I, too, am America.

Comments about I, Too by Langston Hughes

  • (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

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  • (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 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

    (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

  • (8/14/2012 1:57:00 PM)

    This poem is timeless and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (3/19/2012 7:30:00 AM)

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    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. Already Reported Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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