Title (Literal): The title refers to one person singing about America, being patriotic towards their country. Title (Figurative): The title’s figurative meaning is about the struggles of segregation but becoming confident to withstand the biases and becoming one with everybody else.
The poem is about a young man who feels isolated and segregated from the rest of society by only being allowed to eat in the kitchen all alone due to prejudices against his race but builds up the courage to be brave and show others he is equal and belongs united with the rest of America.
“They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed--”: shows the growth of the person, wanting to feel respected and confident. “I, too, sing America”: gives off a powerful and courageous mood.
The poet’s attitude is isolated while also optimistic and hopeful. The poet’s attitude toward the reader is proud, inspired, and hopeful.
There is a shift in the attitude towards the poem’s subject as he goes from being submissive to confident and courageous throughout a period of time.
Isolationism: In this poem, Langston Hughes shows the separation between him and others due to the color of their skin, having him be apart from others, which makes him feel disconnected and not a part with the rest of society.