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									Homework due Monday November 2
1) Read the poem
2) Read, then write the analysis into the correct boxes on the last page
3) Decide what the theme is for the poem and write it in the first box.

I Hear America Singing
By Walt Whitman

  1.
        I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I     Carols = joyful songs
        hear;                                           Mechanic = someone who
  2.
        Those of mechanics—each one singing his,        fixes something
        as it should be, blithe and strong;             Carpenter = someone who
  3.
        The carpenter singing his, as he measures       works with wood
        his plank or beam,                              Mason = someone who works
  4.
        The mason singing his, as he makes ready        with cement and brick
        for work, or leaves off work;
  5.
        The boatman singing what belongs to him in
        his boat—the deckhand singing on the            Deckhand = someone who
        steamboat deck;                                 works on a boat

  6.
        The shoemaker singing as he sits on his
        bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
  7.
        The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s,         Ploughboy = someone who
        on his way in the morning, or at the noon       uses animals to work with soil
        intermission, or at sundown;
  8.
        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 her, and to none else;
  9.
        The day what belongs to the day—At night,
        the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
  10.
        Singing, with open mouths, their strong
        melodious songs.
Repetition is used in this poem with the word “singing”




The tone of the poem is proud, optimistic, and strong. This goes along with
something important in the poem. That is the kind of people we see in this poem.
The only people represented in this poem are the people who do physical labor.
They are probably working class people. The poet wants to show that those who
do hard physical labor help to shape America. Perhaps this is an allusion to the
workers in the industrial revolution, especially because the first type of worker we
read about is a mechanic.

The lines almost mimic a machine in a factory, that keeps going and doesn’t stop.
Each part of the machine has an important part to play but somehow they all work
well together.


In line 1, the poet uses the word “carols” to suggest that there are many different
songs being sung. Repetition in the poem is important with the word “singing.”
This shows that there is something in common between the different types of
American workers. What they share is the joy of working in America, the pride of
working, and their physical strength.


Many of the words used to describe the people include “blithe” “strong” “stands”
“delicious, “robust” “strong” and “friendly.” These words suggest that


Rhythm and length of the each line is very important in this poem. They are long,
and each line is very similar, with the first part of the line introducing one type of
worker from the working class and the last part of the line showing off what they
do and the pride in their work.
            What is the theme of the poem “I Hear America Singing”?




Example 1                     Example 2                     Example 3




Explanation for Example 1       Explanation for Example 2   Explanation for Example 3
                              Transition Words

Step 1 TRANSITION WORDS
   - We can see this in the poem where…
   - This is because…
   - As an illustration,

Step 2 TRANSITION WORDS
In other words…To clarify…What this means is…So…Furthermore…In essence…

Step 3 TRANSITION WORDS
- Another example of the theme is when…
- In addition…
- Furthermore

Step 4 TRANSITION WORDS
In other words…To clarify…What this means is…So…Furthermore…In essence…

Step 5 TRANSITION WORDS
- Finally…
- A final example is

Step 6 TRANSITION WORDS
In other words…To clarify…What this means is…So…Furthermore…In essence…
Homework due Monday November 2
1) Read the poem
2) Read, then write the analysis into the correct boxes on the last page
3) Decide what the theme is for the poem and write it in the first box.

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.

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.
That poem by Walt Whitman talked about the working class as being an important
part of America, but this poem talks about African Americans being an important
part of American history and American identity. We know this because line 2 says
“I am the darker brother” which suggests that this poem is not just about America,
it is about African Americans.

The first stanza and the first line is an allusion to another poem. Line one says “I,
too, sing America” which is alluding to the poem “I Hear America Singing” by Walt
Whitman.


The tone of the character in this poem is proud. We see that the character lives in
two worlds and his pride comes out when no one sees him.


The poem tells us that the character lives in two worlds. One is outside the
kitchen, where he serves his masters, and the other is in the kitchen when he is by
himself. It is in the kitchen that we see him dreaming. He believes in his self worth,
as we see in line 16, but we also see him saying “Tomorrow…Nobody’ll dare Say to
me, ‘Eat in the Kitchen.’ Tomorrow refers to the future – a day when one day he
will be free and recognize that all men are equally beautifully and equally free.

In lines 5-7, he says “I laugh, and eat well, and grow strong.” This shows that while
his work is the work of a slave, his mind is not cast down or in a prison. It is free,
proud, and grand. He is his own man. We especially see this in line 16, where he
says, “They’ll see how beautiful I am.”

This poem gives us many hints that the character in this poem may be a black
slave. Line 2 says that he is the “darker brother.”
              What is the theme of the poem “I Too, Sing America”?




Example 1                      Example 2                    Example 3




Explanation for Example 1       Explanation for Example 2   Explanation for Example 3
                              Transition Words

Step 1 TRANSITION WORDS
   - We can see this in the poem where…
   - This is because…
   - As an illustration,

Step 2 TRANSITION WORDS
In other words…To clarify…What this means is…So…Furthermore…In essence…

Step 3 TRANSITION WORDS
- Another example of the theme is when…
- In addition…
- Furthermore

Step 4 TRANSITION WORDS
In other words…To clarify…What this means is…So…Furthermore…In essence…

Step 5 TRANSITION WORDS
- Finally…
- A final example is

Step 6 TRANSITION WORDS
In other words…To clarify…What this means is…So…Furthermore…In essence…

								
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