Langston Hughes was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, the flowering of African-American literature and artistic forms in Manhattan during the 1920s.Not only did his writing promote African-American culture, but it sought to bring attention to the plight of the African-Americans suffering injustice and repression.Hughes narrates in the voice of a young African-American man writing a college theme, or English composition paper, responding to the prompt to “let that page come out of you….then, it will be true (Hughes, 45-50).” This young but self-assured, reflective, and cautiously hopeful narrator describes his southern past and his current life in New York, as well as his different pleasures in life, before addressing his English teacher and discussing the role of national identity in resolving racial and cultural conflict.
"Tomorrow, / I'll be at the table" (Hughes 8/9), shows his confidence that his people would be treated as equals in a very short time period.
In the last line of the poem "I, too, am America." (Hughes 18) we can almost see the speaker's face beaming with pride.
Maybe that's the reason that the speaker is much less confident now.
“Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes Introduction “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes is a poem that is both a college student's tale of being asked to write an essay for his English class and the “true” essay he therefore writes.
It also shows that the landlord could care less of what condition his building is in as long as the money is still coming in.
"Well, that's Ten Bucks more'n I'll pay you / Till you fix this house up new." (Hughes 11/12) In Langston Hughes' "I, Too", written in 1925, the speaker in the poem is a young black male.
His poems "I, Too" and "Theme for English B" both advanced his political views of equal civil rights and treatment under the law for African-Americans.
Both poems use first-person voices; however the "I" is different for each poem, in order to fulfill Hughes' purpose for the poem.
Langston Hughes Throughout many of Langston Hughes' poetry, there seems to be a very strong theme of racism.
Poems such as "Ballad of the Landlord", "I, Too", and "Dinner Guest: Me" are some good examples of that theme.