How is the figurative language used to describe the mood of "I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes? What are the effects of the use of language in shaping the atmosphere?

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The speaker in Hughes' poem expresses disappointment that because of race, he is not accepted in American society. The poem is an allusion to Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" in which he describes all kinds of people who make up the population of the country by describing the kinds...

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The speaker in Hughes' poem expresses disappointment that because of race, he is not accepted in American society. The poem is an allusion to Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" in which he describes all kinds of people who make up the population of the country by describing the kinds of work they do, using "singing" as a metaphor. Hughes's speaker contends that black people like him have been left out. The mood of the poem is, therefore, somewhat resentful because the speaker wants to point out that blacks are citizens too and deserve to be treated equally.

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