A theme both poems “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman and “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes share is equality. The poets both demonstrate equality by having their various characters ignoring their differences and coming together to sing. Whitman combines the many individual Americans together by saying “ I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear” (1), while Langston’s main character says “ I, too, sing America.” (1) even though he is different from the other characters. Langston and Whitman both relay that no matter what occupation or skin color people have they are equal and they sing together with all their different voices to make one beautiful song. The mood and the poets’ outlook in both poems are prideful and appreciative
Brooks does a good job of expressing universal longing in her poem by stating, “Grand griefs. And choices”(p.1064 line 11). By saying grand griefs, Brooks is relaying the idea that there are certain griefs that are felt by humans as a species, and not each one as an individual. Similarly, in his poem, Frederick Douglass, Hayden states, “When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air, usable as earth”(p.1067 lines 1-4). In this excerpt, the author portrays the idea that freedom is something that all men need, not just whites or African Americans, but the entire human population of the world.
Sierra Akin Neman Period 8 11/13/16 Literary Analysis Essay “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman is a non-fiction poem written in 1860. The poem focuses on all the happiness people in America have in this poem. Many working people need to find the positivity in their everyday lives. Walt Whitman helps present the theme of positivity by using diction, figurative language, and organization throughout the poem. The speaker’s use of word choice helps reveal the meaning in “I Hear America Singing”.
When Singing with open mouths(I Hear America Singing), you know the fragrant blossoms remain (haiku). The 2 poems “I Hear America Singing” (Walt Whitman) and Haiku (Basho) are very similar and different in several ways. For example the poems structure, meaning, form, etc. American poet Walt Whitman celebrated individual freedom. His first volume of poetry, Leaves of Grass, is regarded as one of the most important works in American literature.
In this specific piece of literature, qualities like patriotism and individualism are exceedingly prominent, this all being due to Henry’s use of literary devices. In the first sentence, Henry uses ethos to articulate how he is patriotic to his home, but he occupies diverse views compared to his audience, which shows his individualism. Throughout the speech, Henry uses words such as “ourselves, and we” to exhibit that he is still with the audience- not against them. When Henry said, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself guilty of treason towards my own country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings” (1). He is saying that this is what he entails to achieve for his God.
Another towards personal identity. Each step is an internal struggle, due to the communist machine’s brainwash and eloquent reprogram of Equality’s instinctive mind. But nature tells Equality that his DNA is nothing save himself. Nature tells Equality that individuality is man’s birthright. Man’s one true victory.
The Prime Directive In the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand the society that she portrays lives under one injunction, or prime directive, for everyone to be equal. There are numerous rules and controls instituted to help keep the citizens’ in order and while some of them seem to be beneficial, others are constricting the basic rights that every person should have. The one thing that all of the rules do share in common is the restriction of a person's freedom, individuality, and life in general. Ayn Rand knew that by writing this novel, it would spark many conflicting views about equality and liberty in today's world. To start off, the rules exist to keep every person in the society equal to all of their fellow men and women.
However no matter what opinions you agree or disagree with, there will always be men and women in a uniform who are fighting for your right and freedom to even have an opinion. They are true American heroes. Americans as a whole at the end of the day respect each other 's opinions and try to see it from other people 's perspectives without being quick to judgement. It is our freedom to express a valid opinion without it being suppressed by a higher power just because it is different from popular opinions. What does it mean to be an American?
June Jordan, a poet who is famous for her positive blaze of justice, writes poetry while advocating a command for universal equity, which appeals to people from various areas of the world. Jordan’s poetry speaks of American issues as well as international issues, such as African countries that are oppressed by their neighbouring countries. One of Jordans poems, ‘A Poem About My Rights’ serves as a resentment against the world’s oppression, however it also serves as a mandate for change. This essay aims to discuss the meaning of the poem, “A Poem About My Rights” as well as to analyse the ideologies which it contains, through giving a short background of the poet, June Jordan’s, life and the underlying story of the poem, as well as discussing the text in depth. A brief overview of Jordans technique in spoken poetry will also be noted.
Hughes openly declared Walt Whitman as one of his favorite authors, so naturally he incorporated that into his writing. In “I, Too” he makes the connection in the first line with “I, Too, Sing America”. This is a direct reference to Walt Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing”. Whitman’s poem describes what America looks like by the way that Americans works, and this ultimately makes America unlike anywhere else. The descriptions of the different people forces a sense of pride into those who read the words, but when one reads “I, too” the emotion grows.