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Commentary on Langston Hughes Poem Let America Be America Again According to a poem written by Langston Hughes tilted Let America Be America Again he addresses the plight of America He focuses his attention on the deferred dreams of those who dare to believe in the principles of equality and opportunity Hughes clearly refutes the foundation on which this country rests which is the Declaration of Independence Although many may argue this poem was formulated during a time of civil inequality the message is supported by history and the current status of America which has many of the same social problems it had when it was founded Hughes poem is insightful and created for a general audience The narrative is told through the eyes of an African American but he assumes the role of the poor white Negro redman and immigrant He further asserts his common bond with the unfortunate Americans by stating 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 This repetitive structure reaffirms the reader that this is a personal struggle that many can relate to Hughes presents America as a tarnished symbol that was built on the backs of those who fell prey to the spell America cast on them The poem opens with patriotic flair Let be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free This image of opportunism and freedom seem more like a dream than reality when he continues on in the poem He alludes to the Declaration of Independence by saying Let it be a strong land of love where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above We are a society founded on the principle of dog eats dog and mighty crush the weak Our strong land of love is a
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