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Friday, January 3, 2003

I, Too

Rating: 4.1
I, too, sing America.

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.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.
Langston Hughes
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COMMENTS
Sanjibsaha Aniketa 24 December 2019
am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong... 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......... beautiful.
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David Walker 12 September 2019
I absolutelty Love Langston hughes poetry. I've wondered if " I to, am America" was the inspiration for Paul McCartneys Black Bird?
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Raynolds Moseamedi 17 October 2018
Wonderful poem, brilliant.
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Laura 08 October 2018
I remember hearing that poem in 4th grade, it was very impressive on me as a young child and still is today at 62 years old. I believe that is when I first realized and fell in love with this country. Today, I am disappointed.
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Tazzy 02 April 2018
Hughes could sum up complex ideas in simple and short stanzas, and yet hit you with the effect of a punch to the gut. He was always my favorite author of love poems for this reason, but I adore this poem as well, for the same reason. It's sad that things in 2018 haven't progressed as far as he dreamed of, but I love that as a child I could read this work and envision what he was talking about.
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Jacksfilms 14 February 2018
Are Poems Allowed To Be On YGS? Just Asking So I Wont Get Taken Down.
6 4 Reply
Lungelo S Mbuyazi 30 November 2017
Those days I've never witnessed....like the last stanza
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The big daddy 21 November 2017
This turns me on sooo much
9 8 Reply
Michael Hopkins 02 July 2017
Yes, you too are an American.
13 4 Reply
Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek 18 January 2016
Very funny and philosophical poem.
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