Langston Hughes: Poems

The poems "I Hear America Singing" and "I, Too" speak of the American identity, but they differ in many ways. Which analysis correctly presents the contrast between the two poems?

  1. In Whitman's poem, the poet sings to proclaim an American identity in which each person plays an equal part. In contrast, in Hughes's poem, the speaker's voice is stifled when he is sent to the kitchen, demonstrating that everyone has an equal opportunity to be part of the American identity.

  2. In Whitman's poem, the workers use their voices to proclaim an American identity in which each person plays an equal part. In contrast, in Hughes's poem, the speaker's voice is stifled when he is sent to the kitchen, demonstrating that not everyone has an equal opportunity to be part of the American identity.

  3. In Whitman's poem, the workers use their voices to proclaim an American identity in which each person plays an equal part. In contrast, in Hughes's poem, the speaker rejects sharing a meal with others at the table, demonstrating that everyone has an equal opportunity to be part of the American identity if they so choose.

  4. In Whitman's poem, the poet sings to proclaim an American identity in which each person plays an equal part. In contrast, in Hughes's poem, only the people in the kitchen play an important role.
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3. In Whitman's poem, the workers use their voices to proclaim an American identity in which each person plays an equal part. In contrast, in Hughes's poem, the speaker's voice is stifled when he is sent to the kitchen, demonstrating that not everyone has an equal opportunity to be part of the American identity.