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

  • Sanjibsaha AniketaSanjibsaha Aniketa (12/24/2019 7:04:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • David Walker (9/12/2019 6:22:00 AM)

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

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

    Wonderful poem, brilliant.(Report)Reply

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  • Laura (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

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  • Tazzy (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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  • Jacksfilms (2/14/2018 12:56:00 PM)

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

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

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

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  • The big daddy (11/21/2017 9:58:00 AM)

    This turns me on sooo much(Report)Reply

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

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

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

    Very funny and philosophical poem.(Report)Reply

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

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

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  • Melvina GermainMelvina 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

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

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

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (5/3/2015 12:55:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Toni Poller (1/25/2015 3:36:00 PM)

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

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  • Toni Poller (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

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  • cynthia smith (1/18/2015 9:36:00 PM)

    America...(Report)Reply

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  • Nicholas Tantillo (12/2/2014 10:37:00 AM)

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

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

    you are tickling my slipperiest of pickles

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

    That is hard core homie boi

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

    That's dank bro

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

    kinda creepy

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

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

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  • Takiyah Woods (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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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