Modernist Poetry "I, Too"

Biography: Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, MO in 1902. He eventually moved to Lincoln, IL. He enjoyed traveling and traveled a lot. In 1967, he passed away from complication due to prostate cancer.

Personal Life Influence: He had many influences such as Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, and Paul Lawrence. His first poetry book was The Weary Blues

Time Period: The time period of Hughes's writing was during slavery and segregation. The Civil Rights movement was also going on.

Life Affected: Because of the time period, many riots were happening for freedom and less segregation. This made his world more focused and based around slavery.

Influence on the Poem: Hughes's was also black. He writes about a common experience for African Americans during this time. He is expressing his belief that African Americans and Whites are equal and both part of what makes up America.

Narrator: The black person/slave.

Structure: The structure of I, Too has five stanzas but there is an uneven amount of lines in the stanzas. The white spaces between each stanza creates silence in the poem. The main shift in this poem is from where the narrator changes "I, too, sing America" to "I, too, am America." He changes the sentence because he is praising America and that he is apart of it and including himself in that. knowing that most White Americans wouldn't include him in at that time.

Comparative Analysis: Compared to I Hear America Singing, both poems focus on how every one is equal and how blacks are Americans too.

By: Haley Smith, Makiah Jacobson, Maddie Farris

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