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The title shows that the African-Americans are also part of America. The line “They’ll see how beautiful I am” had a significant impact to me, since it shows that despite all harassment they were forced to face, they still hold their self-esteem at high levels. I would ask if he had any episodes of prejudice injustice due to his race or color of his skin. I would ask this to better understand the resonant link between his art and the historic facts. 2 Copyright © 2018 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved.
TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet Research the poet and the historical/cultural context to learn more about them when they were writing. How does learning more about the poet and the historical/cultural context change or influence your understanding of the poem? He was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a young man, where he made his career. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. This historical background helped me to enhance my perception of how much he didn’t want to repeat old models and how strong he was to create his own style of writing and protesting. Another important aspect of his trajectory was the fact that while at Columbia in 1921, Hughes managed to maintain a B+ grade average. However, he left in 1922 because of racial prejudice among students and teachers. He was attracted to the African-American people and neighborhood of Harlem, and continued writing poetry as Harlem was a center of vibrant cultural life. Knowing that Langston Hughes dropped out his college due to prejudice made me learn how much damage one can suffer due to a non-acceptance of a group. How is resilience demonstrated by this poem? Resilience is brightly shown on this poem as he kept creating and demonstrating his ability to overcome old schools of thoughts. Once again, despite all the hardship found on his pathway, he spoke up and his art found a way to thrive over those concealed behind the mask of oppression.. Compare your poem to Audre Lorde’s poem “A Litany for Survival.” How are they similar? Different? As she mentioned “I started writing because I had a need inside me to create something that was not there”. And this search to create something different is deeply related to the poem "I look at the world" as the former also wants a different world that is not there (yet). During several passages Audre Lorde also express all the damaged caused by oppression, as in We are afraid whether the sun rises or sets / we are full or hungry / we have love or not / we speak or stay silent. As Hughes also expressed that “Nobody’ll dare” to oppress another person again.

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