Poetry Explication Essay

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Jacob Gilliard
Ms. Murrell
English 201
4 November 2013 “I, Too” Explication
The poem entitled “I, Too” by Langston Hughes, is about a man who is experiencing racial discrimination and how one day it will come to pass. During this time, there was lack of equality amongst African Americans and Caucasians. The blacks were being discriminated against, while the whites experienced the brighter colors of the rainbow. “Langston Hughes took the initiative to speak his mind via poetry, and this piece shows that. (Pericles 2008)” Hughes uses multiple tones throughout this poem to express the feelings of the speaker. Hughes uses a servant as the speaker. Tones of integration and anger are displayed throughout the poem. “I, Too” is a short poem and is written in free verse.
The first stanza gives us the overall purpose of the poem.
I, Too sing America (1)
The National Anthem came to mind after reading this first stanza. The point that Hughes made in this stanza was although he is black, he still sings the National Anthem. If America is viewed as one big choir, why is it that African Americans are not allowed to sing? Every person of every race contributes a great deal to America and all have the right to sing the National Anthem. The servant is reminding us, that he is American and has the right as other races. The second stanza goes a little more in depth about the treatment of the servant. The servant
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong. (2-7)

In line 2, the servant refers to himself as “the darker brother”. Being that the servant is African American, one could assume that he is labeling his complexion as darker. In the African American community many identify themselves as a “brother” or “sister”. But, the term “brother” extends far beyond race in this piece. As a

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