By Kendrick Bowman Langston Hughes
Biography • Born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri • Published his first poem in 1921 • Attended Columbia University, but left after one year to travel. • Died on May 22, 1967.
Poem: Children's Rhymes • By what sendsthe white kidsI ain't sent:I know I can'tbe President.What don't bugthem white kidssure bugs me:We know everybodyain't free.Lies written downfor white folksain't for us a-tall:Liberty And Justice--Huh!--For All?
Paraphrase • In this poem Hughes is comparing blacks in a very negative way to white people. He also alludes to the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. He claims that in the pledge how it says liberty and justice for all it does not apply to blacks and only whites.
Tone/Literary Devices • Tone • Hughes is the speaker • The subject is inequality of black and white people • The attitude is defensive in a way since the blacks are compared most negatively. • Literary Devices • The repetition of the use of the word ain’t.
Citation • http://www.biography.com/people/langston-hughes-9346313 • http://www.poemhunter.com/langston-hughes/