I Too Sing America

I Too Sing America

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  • Title
  • I, Too Sing America
  • Paraphrase
  • Connotation
  • Title (literal):The title is talking about how the author sings America which can be referred to as the national anthem. Title (figurative): The title refers to singing a national song as well because the speaker and his race will be embraced because they too are Americans.
  • Attitude
  • People need to realize how amazing I am.
  • Stanza 2: I am African American. They tell me to eat in the kitchen when people arrive, but I don’t want to listen and I still eat, while growing. Stanza 3: Tomorrow, I will eat at the table when people come over, and no one will tell me to eat in the kitchen. Stanza 4: The people will see how good hearted I am and will feel ashamed for what they have done.
  • Shifts
  • Look how beautiful that black man is.
  • We should be ashamed for sending him into the kitchen for dinner.
  •  Metaphor: The last line is explaining that African Americans are also part of America. Imagery: Line 16 is an example of imagery because it uses the sense of light.
  • Theme
  • I, Too Sing America
  • The author has a confident tone because he believes that there is a bright future for his race. According to the text, “But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong.” He knows that right now people will mock him, but in the future, they will respect him.
  • The shifts occur at the lines, “Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table.” This is where he uses the keyword tomorrow and starts a new stanza. The author shifts his tone to show that even though circumstances are bad now, the future will be bright, which is essentially what his poem is about.
  • Desegregation/Racial Discrimination: In “I, Too Sing America”, the author conveys that America is a free country and that colored people should receive equal rights.
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