For example, Langston Hughes says, “What happens to a dream deferred?” (Hughes). This means, what happens when a dream is ignored? This poem was written in a time with feelings of segregation and discrimination toward blacks in America. In addition, Hughes says, "Does it dry up" (Hughes).
By not assigning a profession to the black character, Langston Hughes is able to relate the issues of segregation to all classes and positions in society, and the aspect of the black community. The speaker in the poem claims that he too “sings America.” This means that he also has a great love and a deep respect for his country. He goes on to say he is “the darker brother” and gives examples of how he’s different from the white race.
The second allusion to the Bible is when Dylan states, "And the first one now/Will later be last" (Dylan 5). After closer inspection this is a reference to Mark 10:31: "But many that are first shall be last, and the last first." (BibleGateway). This line in poem talks about people who change to fit the new development of society, in this case, will succeed those who cannot break their mindset of the now old times. In his publication of "What Bob Dylan Means to Literature, and to Song.", Carl Scott also picks up on this as he talks about all the biblical based references in his songs, "...with a strain of philosophy –like and often Bible-based reflection found in a number of the old-time songs."
He portrays this message by giving descriptions of different kinds of people and their occupations. An example of this is the line, “I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, / Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong” (Whitman 1-2). The “carols” mentioned in the quote represent the occupations and the mechanic described is an example of one of the many types of workers in America. This poem is different than “America” by Claude McKay because rather than presenting both the positives and negatives of America, Whitman only discusses the positives. Whitman’s writing differs from McKay’s because Whitman only shows one side of the topic.
The character of my collection of Langston Hughes poems is the ubiquitous exploration of dreams and their importance. Hughes’ covet for equality evident in ‘Let America Be America Again’ and his attempt to enlighten further emphasises his idyllic dream for America. Disillusionment is the discovery that something is not as good as it was believed to be, In ‘Let America Be America Again’ we get a feeling of this in the title.”again” implies Hughes wants America to return to something it once was, therefore insinuating America is not what it once was. ”Let it be the dream the dreamers dreamed” is an obvious allusion to the American Dream which inspired optimistic African-Americans to migrate from south to northern states in the 20th Century. However Hughes states “America was never America to me” he goes from speaking in general to being definitively specific (‘me’) elucidating the impression that the dream was glamorized like many African-Americans deemed it to be as they were not progressing and were repressed.
This will get the listeners thinking about what sincerely is happening with the issue of slavery and stimulate interest in the abolitionist mindset. Additionally, the author laconically questions, “What to the American Slave is your Fourth
In the two poems, “I Hear America Singing,” and, “I, Too,” there are many similarities and differences that show us that know matter what is happening you have to stand up for yourself and do what you love. We see this in the two poems, “I Hear America Singing,” and, “I, Too” when the authors, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes, both talk about what America was a like in the 1900s, and how people were doing jobs that they had liked to do. We can see how a African American man would stand up for himself and we see this in the poem “I, Too” because we are able to see how he was able to stand up to everyone else and prove he was able to be treated like anyone else.
James Baldwin is very explicit in his novel about the conditions of racism in the United States, and where he believes they stem from. Baldwin seems to think it is an internal, and individualized mindset that causes African Americans to fall into their ‘expected’ roles. He tells his nephew, “You can only be destroyed by believing you really are what the white world calls a nigger” (Baldwin 4). Through this quote, Baldwin is appealing to the readers pathos and making them think more deeply about how one finds their own self identity. Is much of modern racism influenced by others opinions on ourselves and on each other?
How do the writers seek to remedy these problems (what are their goals)? The 60s period was the age of protest and demonstration. There were a number of marches and boycotts throughout America. In Malcolm X’s speech, he did not call for civil disobedience or unrest because he was not a fan or in support of marches or boycotts.
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of the earth. (Abraham Lincoln) In the poem "Let America Be America Again," Langston Hughes paints an affecting and diverse stanza, displaying peaceful passages to angry outbursts. His resonance seems confessional, as he is speaking about his own exposure and communicating for all the unheard Americans. Hughes addresses how America considers to be, has shifted to them to think, and could pursue to be again.
Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman have wrote several poems over America, for example “Montage of a Dream Deferred” and The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Walt’s: “O Captain! My Captain! “A Clear Midnight” , including the two the essay is over. Although these poem’s shares the same style and same meaning the of the poems is vastly different. I hear America is an example of him giving honor to those who are living their lives to make America a better place.
In Richard Rodriguez’s memoir Brown: The Last Discovery of America, he explicates America’s transition from a ‘greening environment’ to the future of ‘browning.’ The paradox will become the future, and social standards will subside as a new dominant categorization emerges. He exploits that the stigma created by other countries of America as the golden state is false when it comes to the reality of categorization, and discrimination of minorities and those who do not conform to the social normalities in the United States. He makes the reader question their culture and identity as he searches for his own.
Is the American Dream really available for everyone? In the poem “Let America be American Again”, Langston Hughes tries to get the point across that the American Dream isn’t open for everyone. He describes the hopeful immigrants who seek America for a new start but arrive to find only that America “The Land of the Free” is full of mighty people who dominate the weak. Hughes depicts the downtrodden Negroes who bear who bear many scars, physically and mentally, of the seeming to have no end slavery. Even in present day America, black people still do not have all the equality rights they deserve and long for.