Saturday, November 29, 2008


I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes

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.


I'll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody'll dare

Say to me,

"Eat in the kitchen,"



They'll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

The speaker of this poem is integral to the meaning of it. The speaker is a black man, “I am the darker brother,” he is commenting on the racial inequality and segregation in America. The company doesn’t treat him equally because of his race; they make him eat in the kitchen. The poem is also hopeful. He says that in the future this racial inequality will not exist, “Nobody’ll dare/ Say to me,/ “Eat in the kitchen”.” He goes on to say, “They’ll see how beautiful I am.” “I, Too, Sing America” is written in the voice of a black man to express the inequalities of our country. Also it was written in the 20s which was a time when black people’s voices were muted.

The second poem I chose was Sudden Journey by Tess Gallagher. This poem is in the Norton on page 868. The speaker of this poem is a child. This is evident through the uncomplicated diction and the short syntax. The poem reflects a child’s perspective in the way that the poem is almost completely based off of observations of the rain. The poem shows the simplistically beautiful point of view of a child watching the rain. It reminds the reader to not take the simple things for granted and enjoy the world around them as a child would.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


The first poem I read was "Leaving the Motel" from the Norton. The tone of the poem is detatched and secretive. As it mentions in the the Norton, the contrasts with the "normal" view of love which is all romantic and roses. Generally, love poems have a romantic or passionate tone. "Leaving the Motel," simply describe the encounter of the lovers at a motel and then they leave. The tone shows that the poem is more about sex and an affair than actual love. They are being secretive because they are having an affair; they must be "out of sight" (line 4). The poem also refers to how the subject can take nothing and leave nothing. "...take nothing of one anothers/and leave behind" (lines 15-16). They also have to keep their identities secret. "We would no doubt have other rooms then,/Or other names" (lines 27-28).