Comparing Maya Angelou And Langston Hughes

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Compare and Contrast Angelou and Hughes Throughout the trial-and-error events that have happened in America, there are good and bad results in the end. During the 20th century, a big positive result was the art that had developed during this time. From paintings to poems, and sculpture to music, everything was inspiring to many individuals. There were many pieces of art that were so inspirational and thought-provoking that they are still around in the 21st century. Some authors during this time period share a similar idea, possibly due to the time period by which they lived or by experiences that they shared, but they also have a stark difference, whether it is in the tone, the diction, or even the point of view from the speaker. Two speakers…show more content…
These poets were both significant and influential, which is why their poems are still shared throughout current generations. One similarity that is showed in Angelou’s “Still I Rise” and Hughes’ “I, Too” is that they both show self-confidence. Maya Angelou uses “I” multiple times in her poem to show how she has strength, she believes in herself, and she can rise above the mistakes to make a better future for herself. Hughes’ poem also has a repetition of “I” to show that he is self-confident and powerful. In addition, both poems share the feeling of beauty in them. In Hughes’ poem “I, Too”, he states in the second stanza that “They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed—”. When he says this, he describes how racism gets in the way of seeing people as they truly are, rather than just by their physical appearance and race. In Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”, she shares her opinions about racism in a more direct manner when she says, “Does my sexiness upset you?/ Does it come as a surprise/ That I dance like I’ve got diamonds/ At the meeting of my thighs?” Both authors are describing how they feel that their racial background gets in the way of people seeing how they truly are beyond their race. Finally, both authors lived within the same generation. Although this may seem insignificant, their environments influence their opinions,
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