Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

I, Too - Poem 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.


Comments about I, Too by Langston Hughes

  • Freshman - 821 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (5/3/2015 12:55:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Toni Poller (1/25/2015 3:36:00 PM)

    I am so going to share this with my class (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Toni Poller (1/25/2015 3:33:00 PM)

    This poem is a great way to describe how colored people were treated back in the days (Report) Reply

  • Rookie cynthia smith (1/18/2015 9:36:00 PM)

    America... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nicholas Tantillo (12/2/2014 10:37:00 AM)

    This poem satisfies my deep sexual urges. I looooooooovvvvvve my boy langston! ! ! Already Reported Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,240 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:48:00 PM)

    I too will eat in the kitchen..lovely (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Takiyah Woods (7/16/2013 5:57:00 PM)

    I love this poem! ! I read this back in middle school and I have always loved it! What a brilliant and talented man! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Iris Sahara (5/7/2013 9:13:00 AM)

    This is brilliant
    Simply Radiant
    It is an artistic
    Piece of Work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rosa Davis (12/2/2012 4:13:00 PM)

    I LOVE this poem, it makes me think, that here is a man, who was tried to make feel less inferior by his color shouting to the world that he was someone and that people should pay attention to him (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Takia Mcintosh (8/14/2012 1:57:00 PM)

    This poem is timeless and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hunter irish (3/19/2012 7:30:00 AM)

    I think that this is a great poem. Because it teaches you about not being able to eat in the dinning room when you are a young slave. but when you get older you are aloud to eat in the dinning room when the company comes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Luke Johnson (12/17/2009 6:37:00 PM)

    What makes Langston great is not the things he says(which are usually overtly simplistic) , but the things he said during the time period in which he lived. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deborah Schuff (3/20/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    Ha! Take THAT, Walt Whitman! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Han Feifei (12/28/2008 7:23:00 AM)

    love it, and I will keep it in my heart (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Talema Lawrence (11/20/2008 11:52:00 AM)

    love this one its my favorite (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cynthia Cathcart (11/10/2008 8:57:00 PM)

    This poem is especially relevant given the recent election in America. Absolutely prescient. Langston Hughes was a prophet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Guest Guest (9/17/2008 2:21:00 AM)

    In this poem Hughes makes America a society that is fit for all people and will one day be totally colorblind. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chaotic Life - Curly M. (6/13/2008 2:59:00 PM)

    i just love this poem
    i had to read it in class and analyze it and i like it
    good job Langston Hughes! ! =) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wre Rabaca (4/20/2008 5:35:00 PM)

    Amazingly written to inspire anyone and tells them that you are who you are. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dimitri Boukas (3/16/2008 11:13:00 PM)

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. I LOVE THIS POEM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. IT IS SO AWE INSPIRING. WALT whit amn has really made me think abou tmy future (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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