Poem Explication Essay - Henderson 1 Eli Henderson Mrs...

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Henderson 1 Eli Henderson Mrs. Maynard English 1102 HH 27 January, 2013 Let America Be America Again The poem named “Let America Be America Again” was written by Langsten Hughs. Now while I was reading this poem a lot of different thoughts went through my mind as to what Langston wanted to convey to his audience of readers. The conclusion that came to my mind though is that Langston Hughs is writing a poem of people who feel that America does not live up to being a place of freedom and how many people come to America with hopes and dreams that are being let down and Hughs want America to be a place truly for everyone. The main reasons for why I believe this is the intended message is because his tone, certain lines being evident of the speaker not believing that America is what it’s supposed to, what America is supposed to represent versus the reality of the speaker, and how Langston conveys the message of the economic disparity (difference) between people. I will be prove this by analyzing the lines in order (example: 1,2,3) with possible skipping of some lines (example: 1, 2, 5) of the poem. Starting, immediately with an overview of the poem the stanzas seem to vary in length and immediately reader will most likely think that the speaker doesn’t think America is representing what it stands for. This is due to the first line blatantly stating “Let America Be America Again” (line 1). There is He wants America “[to] be the dream it used to be” (1ine 2) suggesting the “American Dream”. The American Dream being the traditional social ideal of the United States such as equality, democracy, and material prosperity. I also noticed that Hughs uses rhyme in lines 2 and 4 when he uses words such as “be” (line 2) and “free” (line 4) which was
Henderson 2 done to draw attention to the poetic element of his message or in other words symbolism. The most powerful of the first five lines was “America was never America” (line 5). The fifth line

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