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Tone and Theme in American Poetry

Complete the writing prompt, adapted from Springboard page 14, provided below. Choose one of the two prompts below to discuss how tone and theme are similar and different

PROMPT 1: “I Hear America Singing” and “I, Too, Sing America both refer to “singing” of America. Think about the definition and connotation of “to sing.” How are these two poems similar and how do they differ? 

  • Explain your answer by using details of diction and imagery

PROMPT 2: Claude McKay and Langston Hughes wrote during the same period in America’s literary history. Their writing deals with similar themes concerning the experience of African-Americans. After analyzing the poem, “America,” explain how the tone and theme of Claude McKay’s poem is similar to that of Langston Hughes’ poem, “I, Too, Sing America.” 

  • Use support from the diction and imagery of the poems to support your thinking.

YOU MUST ALSO choose any sentence from your response and underline the complete subject then double-underline the simple subject of that sentence.

Later Event: September 6
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