Despite being composed more than a decade after the slaves were freed during the American Civil War, the song spoke to a society filled with Jim Crow segregation and the prospect of mob violence and lynching. Allow it to reverberate as loudly as the rolling waves.
It's a song that calls on everyone to rise up and be heard, in other words, it's an anthem. The word "anthem" comes from the Greek antiho megaloi, which means "to the greatest gods." It's a song that sends a message to the world about freedom and justice.
In addition to being sung at sporting events today, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is used as the theme song for the African-American civil rights movement. The song has also been adopted as a protest anthem by various groups around the globe, most notably during the Olympic games.
Music plays an important role in our lives. It stimulates us, moves us, and often tells our stories. Music is found everywhere you look—in restaurants, offices, stores, and even while we sleep. Some people say that music can even affect health; some studies show that certain types of music can help reduce pain intensity and stress levels after surgery.
The song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was written by James Weldon Johnson, born into slavery in 1871.
The poem's tone is one of pride and resistance. It speaks of an American racial gap that white people are quite willing to overlook. Sending the speaker to the kitchen to eat might represent segregation, but it can also represent America's determination to overlook the racial problem. The last line expresses a sense of resistance and defiance toward slavery.
Because this is a poem written by an African-American poet on the challenges and dreams of African-Americans, the indicated speakers are African-Americans. The allusion to the tough journey that the speakers have taken is a reference to the persecution that African-Americans have suffered in the United States. Therefore, the speaker of the poem is someone who has been through hardship and is determined to succeed.
Lift every voice and sing! ... That music's swell! It makes me feel like going down on a raft... And floating down the river... With the moon on my shoulder and the stars around me.. That's where I'd like to be... On a trip up the stream... Just you and I... Away from here... There's nothing left for me here... No one who cares if I live or die... I've got some things I want to say... Oh, let's go! Traveling along with the moon and the stars...
Now it's late August and school starts soon... But I don't mind 'cause we're traveling far away... Down by the shore of a big blue lake... Where the waves keep on crashing all day long... I know exactly what I'm going to do... In about two weeks' time... I'm going to be a singer... I know it well... I've come a long way since then... And now I'm about to start my career...
The main purpose of "I, Too, Sing America" is freedom. By refusing to succumb to the terrible forces of slavery and tyranny, the speaker brings himself closer to future liberation and racial equality. He eagerly awaits the day when America fulfills her promise of liberty. Then, he too will join in the song of glory that goes out from land to land, across the world.
Besides freedom, another theme in this poem is love. The poet sings about how his own country has blessed him with love from people of all races. This shows that America is not just for white people but also for others. Last, but not least, the poem conveys a sense of patriotism. It tries to get readers involved by describing what kind of a place America is and how she deserves our respect. Overall, this poem wants to tell us that even though America has been through hard times, she will be okay because she has hope.
In conclusion, "I, Too, Sing America" is a patriotic poem that tells readers about the great history of the United States and how they have overcome slavery and other difficulties to become one nation under God.
The overall tone is personal, sarcastic, and confessional. It's as if the speaker is whispering to the reader, bringing them in closer and closer, much like the song does in the old Greek mythology with the sailors. The speaker tells the reader that they are amusing themselves by reading about someone else's misery when they could be enjoying their own life. But then he/she admits that they can't help but feel sorry for the people who get caught up in the siren's lure every time they hear her song.
This poem is told in first person present tense, which means that the speaker is telling the story as it is happening. First person present tense is more common in diary entries or journals than poems because it is difficult to use this style of writing without sounding repetitive.
There is also a second person present tense at the beginning of the poem that addresses the reader directly, so they know who is speaking: "You are amused by the tale of my grief". This form of address is used more commonly in letters than poems because it feels less intimate than first person present tense.
At the end of the poem, there is a third person past tense that indicates that what is being described happened earlier in the poem: "They had been warned by other sailors not to sail beyond the sight of land".