To begin with, one of the themes that Whitman involved in I Hear America Singing is the theme of inclusion of all American people. The author starts with a very clear declaration of how he hears America singing: “I hear ...
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...n the contribution he was making is where he says “But I laugh, and eat well, and grow strong” (Whitman lines 5-7). Here he is trying to say that even though he is putting up with the humiliation of not being treated equally, one day he will grow stronger and be even a bigger contribution to American society.
Although Walt Whitman’s I Hear America Singing and Langston Hughes’s I, Too have an obvious difference in the theme of inclusion, both of these poems are similar in the themes of identity and contribution. While both of these poems focus on the American identity, both of the poets have different backgrounds which result in different ideas about what makes an American. Whitman 's vision of who is an American is small compared to Hughes 's whose is broader; Hughes 's poem suggests that Whitman 's vision is limited since he doesn’t include people from other races.
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