poem anaylis - Elizabeth Easterling Dr Nancy Nelson English...

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Elizabeth Easterling Dr. Nancy Nelson English 1302 12 October 2005 Poem Analysis Langston Hughes in the poem “Negro,” does an excellent job of portraying the way black people were treated in the 1920’s. In this particular time period, the black man was thought of as low class and not equal to white people. The poem at hand explains some of the many harsh punishments they had to suffer through simply because the color of their skin. As wrong as it may have been viewed, it did not seem to bother the white people to treat someone with such disrespect. “I am a Negro Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa.”
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In the statement “I am a Negro,” the word I is referring to all black people in this time frame rather than just an individual. The stanza above is trying to stress to the reader that though the black man was treated with disrespect and dishonor they knew their roots and they still remained proud of them. The next stanza discusses slavery amongst the black men and the degrading jobs they were
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