I, Too is a short, free verse poem that focuses on African American identity within the dominant white culture of the USA. It encapsulates the history of oppression of black people by means of slavery, denial of rights and inequality.
- 1 What is the main theme of the poem I, Too?
- 2 What does the poem I, Too say about?
- 3 What does I too sing America Meaning?
- 4 What is the structure of I too sing America?
- 5 Why is it important that the speaker does not define exactly who they are?
- 6 What is the tone of I too?
- 7 How does I respond to Whitman?
- 8 What do you think the speaker means when he says I too am America What does this mean metaphorically?
- 9 How does Langston Hughes convey the message in the poem?
- 10 Which describes the extended metaphor in the poem I too sing America?
- 11 What does eating in the kitchen represent?
- 12 When was the poem I too written?
What is the main theme of the poem I, Too?
The main theme of “I, Too” is that while white Americans may currently deny Black Americans the freedoms whites enjoy, Black Americans will soon claim those freedoms for themselves, and white people will be forced to recognize their beauty and power and rights.
What does the poem I, Too say about?
“I, Too” is a poem written by Langston Hughes that demonstrates a yearning for equality through perseverance while disproving the idea that patriotism is limited by race. In the poem, Hughes describes a ubiquitous racial oppression that degrades African Americans at the time.
What does I too sing America Meaning?
The speaker begins by declaring that he too can “sing America,” meaning that he is claiming his right to feel patriotic towards America, even though he is the “darker” brother who cannot sit at the table and must eat in the kitchen.
What is the structure of I too sing America?
I, Too is a free verse poem of 18 short lines, made up of 5 stanzas. There is no rhyme scheme and the meter (metre in British English) varies from line to line.
Why is it important that the speaker does not define exactly who they are?
Part B: Why is it important that the speaker does not define exactly who “they” are? It protects the speaker’s relationships by not offending one specific group. It keeps readers interested in the poem by maintaining their curiosity. It holds the focus of the poem on its subject, which is the speaker himself.
What is the tone of I too?
Langston Hughes’s poem “I, Too” is an intergenerational symbol of hope and courage in the face of racism. The tone of the poem is at times resilient, expressing Hughes’s refusal to let a racist society stunt his growth. It is also hopeful, ruminating upon the bright future that awaits Black people in America.
How does I respond to Whitman?
The opening line of the poem (“I, too, sing America”) is a direct response to Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing.” Hughes’ word-choice is important here. However, Hughes expresses defiance in being excluded from the dinner table: “But I laugh,/ And eat well,/ And grow strong.”
What do you think the speaker means when he says I too am America What does this mean metaphorically?
Terms in this set (6) What do you think the speaker means when he says “I, too, am America”? What does this mean metaphorically? It means he is American and he should be treated equally.
How does Langston Hughes convey the message in the poem?
In, “I Too, Sing America”, Hughes uses race as a symbol of oppression on African Americans as well as a sign of hope for the future. It is seen in his poem, Let America be America Again, that he doesn’t only want racial equality for African Americans but for all races.
Which describes the extended metaphor in the poem I too sing America?
When company comes. highlights the discrimination of African Americans. Which describes the extended metaphor in the poem “I, Too, Sing America”? Eating in the kitchen is compared to racial segregation in America.
What does eating in the kitchen represent?
What does eating in the kitchen represent? He has to eat in the kitchen because he is an African American. Eating in the kitchen represents how the whites did not see the blacks as being equal to them [segregation ].
When was the poem I too written?
The narration is first person with the poet as the narrator. Hughes was considered the foremost of the Harlem Renaissance poets. When he wrote or spoke, the black man listened because what Hughes said was exactly what the black man felt. The poem is told in the present tense.