Black On White Or White On Black

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Black on White or White on Black?? Throughout history there have been many poets that influenced many people. A few of these poets are Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman. Among these poets evolved an even better known poet that I feel is one of the best, Langston Hughes. Hughes was a poet of the Harlem Renaissance, in which he got his nickname, "The Poet Laureate of Harlem." Hughes at first did discover his talent for poetry early on in his life. He wanted to become a poet, but felt he would not be excepted because the other blacks in his hometown saw poets as being white and not black. Hughes father kept on persisting that he goes to a college and receive his degree in engineering. Hughes eventually dropped out of college and went on to write poetry. Langston Hughes wrote about the things that happened to African Americans and what they have always wanted to have that they were not able to, because of the racial discrimination.

Hughes then moved on to write a great deal of work not only in poetry but in other genres: autobiography, fiction, plays, children's books, newspaper pieces, histories, and anthologies. Hughes explains many different aspects in people's lives; Homosexuality, Communism, racial fads, and fashions. The poems that I chose to analyze about are "I, too, sing America", "I Dream a World", and "Cross." These poems are all connected in similar ways yet different in their meanings.

I, TOO "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...