Whitman Vs Langston

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       Walt Whitman
       I Hear America Singing

       I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
       Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
       The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
       The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
       The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
          singing on the steamboat deck,
       The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he
       stands,
       The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or
          at noon intermission or at sundown,
       The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of
          the girl sewing or washing,
       Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
       The day what belongs to the day--at night the party of young fellows,
          robust, friendly,
       Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

Describe the main point in a few sentences. Think about what the author is trying to
say about American life in the U.S. during the 1850s
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Choose a quote or two that you think best describes the poem. Write it down.
Explain the significance (importance) of the quote you chose.
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This poem was written in the 1850s. What groups of people would not “hear
America singing?” Why?

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                                   I, Too, Sing America
                                      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.

          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 how beautiful I am
          And be ashamed--
          I, too, am America.

What does the title, “I, Too, Sing America” mean? Connect it to the title of
Whitman’s poem, “I Hear America Singing.”

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Describe the main point in a few sentences. Think about what the author is trying to
say about African American life in the U.S. during the early part of the 1900s.
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Choose a quote or two that you think best describes the poem. Write it down.
Explain the significance of the quote you chose.
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Using Langston Hughes’ poem for a source, how does he think America will be
different for African American’s in the future? Include a specific quote for
evidence.

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