Langston Hughes I Sing America-Panyanouvong

Nina  Panyanouvong
Ms.  Nelson
English  3  Period
February 14, 2012
                                                                           Langston Hughes I Sing America
          Do you like poetry that makes sense? In the Poem “I sing America” by Langston Hughes, the poet uses metaphors, alliterations, and mood to create the theme that tells you to learn from your mistakes.
          First of all, the author uses metaphors. “I am the darker brother.” From this quote, you can see that this is a metaphor because he is comparing himself to dark. The author uses this example of metaphor to say that if you are misbehaved, you will be sent away to be away from others.
          To begin, one example of mood occurs in stanza 2. “But I laugh, eat well, and grow strong.” This quote illustrates the idea that he is not proud, but he just does what he does. This example of mood relates the theme to the reader because it tells you to grow from your mistakes.
          Initially, the author uses alliteration. “Besides, they’ll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed—I, too am America,” says Langston Hughes. This quote says that he uses Th  and T  multiple times . The author use this example of alliteration to say be proud of what you’ve become by learning your mistakes.
This theme tells you to learn from your mistakes using metaphors, mood and alliteration.


Langston Hughes – Panyanouvong

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Born: February 1, 1902

Died : May 22, 1967


Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri.  His parents were divorced and his dad moved to Mexico.  He lived with his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas.  Although she died and he lived with his mother in Lincoln, Illinois and Cleveland , Ohio.  In Lincoln, he started writing poetry in eighth grade.

Langston Hughes lived with his grandmother until he was 13.  When she died, he lived with his mother.  His mother’s name was Carrie Langston. His father’s name was James Hughes.

He went to Columbia University in 1921.  In 1922, he graduated from Central High School.  His first autobiography was The Big Sea.  He worked at the Harlem Renaissance.  In his poems, he used the rhythm of jazz, blues and African-American.  He wrote his second volume of poetry, Fine Clothes to the Jew in 1927.  During World War II, Hughes began writing a column for the African American newspaper, the Chicago Defender.

Langston Hughes Medal was awarded in 1973 by the City College of New York.  The 1960 NAACP awards gave Langston Hughes with the Spingarn Medal.