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

am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong... 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......... beautiful.
I absolutelty Love Langston hughes poetry. I've wondered if " I to, am America" was the inspiration for Paul McCartneys Black Bird?
Wonderful poem, brilliant.
I remember hearing that poem in 4th grade, it was very impressive on me as a young child and still is today at 62 years old. I believe that is when I first realized and fell in love with this country. Today, I am disappointed.
Hughes could sum up complex ideas in simple and short stanzas, and yet hit you with the effect of a punch to the gut. He was always my favorite author of love poems for this reason, but I adore this poem as well, for the same reason. It's sad that things in 2018 haven't progressed as far as he dreamed of, but I love that as a child I could read this work and envision what he was talking about.


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