Langston Hughes Poetry Analysis: I, Too

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“I, Too” Poetry Analysis Poet Langston Hughes has written many great works including, I, Too. The poem was written in the nineteen twenties when Hughes, along with other African Americans, were facing segregation everywhere. This poem was one of the many pieces that was a part of the Harlem Renaissance, an African American movement in the fine arts. As the piece focuses on the struggles and hope for the future, it was definitely appropriate to be a part of the evolution of African American artists. The poet uses the context of the time period as well as other poets’ work and theme to enhance the poem and help the reader draw meaning and a lasting impact. Context is key for fully understanding the meaning behind this piece. Inspirations of Langston Hughes and how African Americans were treated are both important backgrounds to this story. As an African American, Hughes was constantly subject to racism and segregation. This ruthless segregation is first shown in line 3 of the poem when he states, “They send me to eat in the kitchen.” Using such a simple sentence, in terms of language and tone, Hughes is able to be subtle when painting a scene for the reader. Although he doesn’t describe the kitchen, most readers understand that it is not high style dining and don’t question the authenticity of this statement due to the fact the author lived through it. Looking back, we can see how these actions were inhumane and while the may have been changed, Hughes brings us
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