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The speaker in the poem outlines the reasons why this ideal America has gone, or never was, but could still be. For the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden, the reality of day to day existence makes the dream a cruel illusion.
The poem explores the darker areas of life, the history of exploitation for example, and outlines the unique struggles of those who make up America, both black and white. Whilst pessimistic and hard hitting, the poem does have an optimistic ending and lights the way forward with hope.
Langston Hughes was going through a difficult period in his life when he wrote this poem. He knew he wanted to earn a living through writing, but couldn't sustain his efforts, despite poetry book publication, most notably The Weary Blues. It was on a train journey through Depression-struck America in that inspired him to pen this classic plea for a resurgence of the true American spirit.
Publication followed in the Esquire magazine and Hughes went on to become a noted if controversial figure in the world of black literature, following his earlier work in the so-called Harlem Renaissance, an upbeat black artistic movement peaking in the s.
Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. America never was America to me. Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above.
It never was America to me.
O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. And who are you that draws your veil across the stars? I am the red man driven from the land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek— And finding only the same old stupid plan Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.
I am the young man, full of strength and hope, Tangled in that ancient endless chain Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land! Of grab the gold!
Of grab the ways of satisfying need! Of work the men! Of take the pay! I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil. I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all. I am the people, humble, hungry, mean— Hungry yet today despite the dream. Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead, The poorest worker bartered through the years. Who said the free?
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The millions on relief today? The millions shot down when we strike? The millions who have nothing for our pay? O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free. Sure, call me any ugly name you choose— The steel of freedom does not stain."Let America Be America Again" is a poem written in by American poet Langston Hughes.
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In "Let America Be America Again," Langston Hughes openly shares his thoughts on the American Dream.
Hughes composed this poem in and it was published in the July issue of Esquire Magazine.
"Let America be America again / Let it be the dream it used to be," wrote Langston Hughes, the gay black Harlem Renaissance poet, in He might as well have been writing today in response to. Hughes, who claimed Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman as his primary influences, is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties.
Let America Be America Again is a poem by Langston Hughes. Written in , it was published in the July issue of Esquire Magazine.
The poem is an account of the American Dream, that, according to Hughes, never occurred. "Let America Be America Again" is a poem written in by American poet Langston Hughes. It was originally published in the July issue of Esquire Magazine.
It was later republished in the issue of Kansas Magazine and was revised and included in a small collection of Langston Hughes poems entitled A New Song, published by the Author: Langston Hughes.