The poem “I

The poem “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes, uses strong wordplay to show how he feels about racism. This poem is based on slavery times in America, and it discusses a black man’s encounters with racial injustice. The black man is treated unpleasantly and lesser than the white man. Back then, this behavior was acceptable. 
    In the poem, freedom, ambition, and race are the big themes. The speaker refused to buckle under the pressure of inequality. Because of this, he gets closer to potential freedom. His ambition allows him to have continuous optimism which displays itself when the speaker says, “I’ll be at the table.” The most common theme is race. The whole poem is about racial oppression and trying to move forward from it. The tone changes 
    This poem’s structure is different. It is written in free verse form, and there is not a clear pattern. “I, Too,” starts and ends with single lines. The three stanzas in between all have a different amount of lines. The first stanza has six lines, the second stanza has seven lines, and the third stanza has three lines. The poem is very short, so it goes by quickly; however, it is very efficient. 
    The imagery in this poem works effectively to his advantage. The readers can vividly picture everything that he is discussing. As the reader is reading the poem, the reader can actually visualize a huge house on a plantation that has slaves and a rich white wealthy family. Metaphors are included in the poem, too. In line 2, when the speaker states, “I am the darker brother,” he is comparing himself to his white counterparts. 
    “They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes,” is an example of symbolism. This statement has two possible meanings. One meaning could be literal. The second meaning could possibly show how America hides its racial inequality to make America look better. “I’ll sit at the table,” is also another example of symbolism. The first meaning means that he literally wants to sit at the table, but it can also mean that he wants to be in charge and make important decisions. These symbols definitely increase the effectiveness of “I, Too.”
    Alliteration and repetition are shown in this poem. For example, “When company comes,” shows alliteration and repetition. That phrase is repeated twice in the poem, and the letter “c” is repeated twice in the line. The repetition of the letter “c” helps emphasize the word company.
    The poem is about discrimination. The speaker shows how racial discrimination is in America. He displays his strength and hopes that everyone will be equal one day. Langston Hughes’ use of excellent symbolism, metaphors, and imagery helped to make this a powerful poem.