Hughes, In “I Too” begins with the lyrics “I am the darker brother, They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes.” What is important in this lyric is that it shows Hughes is the writer but not the speaker. “I Too” is spoken from the perspective of a slave speaking on his behalf. Another evident point in believing that the speaker is a slave is that he is told to go into the kitchen when company comes. To stay compliant within segregation laws, slaves were often confined to their slave quarters to stay out of sight from guests. The “They” in this poem who demanded blacks eat in the kitchen were white slave owners who at the time believed blacks were inferior.
Walt Whitman was a poet who was a product of his time. George Hutchinson and David Drews write in their article Racial Attitudes “Concerning people of A...
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...esides/ They’ll how beautiful I am/ And be ashamed.” This line of the poem is an absolute huge jab at Walt Whitman. What Langston Hughes is telling Walt Whitman is that he indeed he forgot to mention slavery and African Americans in “I Hear America Singing” and if he were alive today he would be ashamed at himself.
The last line of the poem along with the first line is what ties “I Too” and “I Hear America Singing” together. Hughes writes in his last lines of “I Too” “I, too, am America.” Keeping the first and the last line noticeably similar emphasizing in the first line of the poem to Walt Whitman that he as a black man sings America just as much as any white man. In the last lines Hughes is asserting himself as an important American citizen. Hughes is letting it be known very clear that he and the African America race as a whole feel they to belong in America.
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