Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Minstrel Man - Poem by Langston Hughes

Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter
And my throat
Is deep with song,
You do not think
I suffer after
I have held my pain
So long?

Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter,
You do not hear
My inner cry?
Because my feet
Are gay with dancing,
You do not know
I die?


Comments about Minstrel Man by Langston Hughes

  • (4/23/2018 1:51:00 AM)


    I wear the mask, because this makes you acceptable to your peers (Report) Reply

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  • (7/24/2008 4:16:00 PM)


    i like this it says he is happy but still he can be sad but he wont be able to tell cuz he is dancing to hard and laughing so much.. :) (Report) Reply

    (4/23/2018 1:58:00 AM)

    Many people wear this mask to be acceptable to their peers

    (4/23/2018 1:16:00 AM)

    I live this poem everday I step outside my home

    (2/13/2015 5:17:00 PM)

    I think you read it wrong, he's saying how he can dance and laugh but people can't see through how upset and depressed he really is, and because he's dancing and laughing people just casually assume that he's always happy and they don't ask if he's okay, because really they just think he is without knowing that he's breaking.

  • (11/8/2006 5:02:00 PM)


    awsome=) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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