“I, too, sing America,” Langston Hughes confidently declares in one of his poems published during the Harlem Renaissance, a movement in the 1920s in which African American culture flowered and flourished. Hughes and some of his contemporaries published poems that deal powerfully with the issue of racism, but they used different poetic strategies to get their messages across.
Your assignment is to write an essay of at least two pages in which you compare and contrast how TWO of the following Harlem Renaissance poems speak out against racism:
“I, Too” by Langston Hughes (handout)
“Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes (handout)
Although this is specifically a compare-contrast essay, this falls under the larger umbrella of “literary analysis.” Remember the structure for a formal literary analysis essay: Have an introductory paragraph that leads into your thesis statement, at least three paragraphs of supporting explanation, and a concluding paragraph that summarizes and states the significance of your ideas.
Some other requirements:
Use MLA format.
Develop a creative title (not “Compare-Contrast Essay”).