Maya Angelou And Langston Hughes Essay

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Luis Aguilar English 111 Section 13 12/02/15 Aguilar 1 Road to Freedom Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou are two very talented, important poets. Many poems share similarities and have differences as well. “I, Too” by Langston Hughes and “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou are two poems that share a common topic, but have a variety of differences as well. Both poems show the way in which African Americans seek out for freedom during the civil rights movement and the equality of the future in regards to the relationship between African Americans and society, though they differ in the tools they use such as length, symbolism, and sensory details. To begin, Hughes wrote "I, Too" from the perspective of an African American man. The speaker talks about how “They send him to eat in the kitchen/When company comes” (Hughes line 2-3). He can “sing America” too, meaning that even though he is not allowed to sit at the table with…show more content…
“I, Too” is a brief short poem, but it goes straight to the point while, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” is a longer poem that portrays a hidden message of freedom. Hughes may have done this to give the reader a short version of an interpretation we can expand on with our own meaning and opinions. Angelou gives a longer poem that gives us more content, but it is up to the reader to decipher it thoroughly. When Hughes writes, “I am the darker brother” he is talking about a black person being sent to eat in the kitchen. Hughes tells us right there what is happening, while in Maya Angelou’s poem, she uses symbolism to reveal her message. She portrays a bird who is in a cage and is crying for a way out. This is how a bird is caged, but Angelou uses the bird to represent a restricted African American. This is significant because it is the life of a black person who is crying out for freedom. “I Know Why the Caged Bird

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