by Langston Hughes
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- How would you describe the speaker's tone in the poem? What word choices give you your ideas? What does his tone tell us about the intended audience for this poem?
- We notice a rhyme in every stanza, but there isn't a prescribed form or meter. Is there any connection between the poem's form and the theme of freedom? Why or why not?
- How does the speaker use common idioms throughout the poem? How do these idioms help to illuminate the poem's themes?
- What does the speaker mean when he talks about "tomorrow's bread"? How is tomorrow's bread a metaphor for the need for freedom?
- Why is freedom described in the poem as a "strong seed"? How does the imagery of a planted seed relate to the poem's themes of freedom and democracy?
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