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1 Dinner Guest: Me Langston Hughes Gracie Cooper

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3 Langston Hughes Born -February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri Died May 22, 1967 at age 65 in New York City Born to Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes Earned a degree from Lincoln University in 1929

4 Dinner Guest: Me I know I am The Negro Problem Being wined and dined, Answering the usual questions That come to white mind Which seeks demurely To Probe in polite way The why and wherewithal

5 Dinner Guest: Me Of darkness U.S.A.-- Wondering how things got this way In current democratic night, Murmuring gently Over fraises du bois, "I'm so ashamed of being white."

6 Dinner Guest: Me The lobster is delicious, The wine divine, And center of attention At the damask table, mine. To be a Problem on Park Avenue at eight Is not so bad. Solutions to the Problem, Of course, wait.

7 Dinner Guest: Me I know I am The Negro Problem Being wined and dined, Answering the usual questions That come to white mind Which seeks demurely To Probe in polite way The why and wherewithal T 2 This poem is about how Hughes went out to dinner after he got famous for his writing rhyme characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved

8 Paraphrase What this poem is really saying is that the only reason that those people are having dinner with him is because he is famous, if he were just some other black guy, they wouldn’t ask his name let alone ask him to have a fancy dinner with them.

9 Dinner Guest: Me Of darkness U.S.A.-- Wondering how things got this way In current democratic night, Murmuring gently Over fraises du bois, "I'm so ashamed of being white." how a black man could be famous Are they really? Or are they jealous?

10 Dinner Guest: Me The lobster is delicious, The wine divine, And center of attention At the damask table, mine. To be a Problem on Park Avenue at eight Is not so bad. Solutions to the Problem, Of course, wait. He would have been the problem if he wasn’t famous and we still are waiting for everyone to get along

11 Attitude The speaker in the poem was the author, Langston Hughes and the subject he was speaking on was how once he got famous, he had white people talking to him and inviting him to dinner but if he wasn’t famous they wouldn’t even make eye contact with him.

12 Shifts There aren’t many punctuations marks within the poem but there is a lot of irony in how he is talking. And center of attention At the damask table, mine You can tell he was surprised that he was the center of attention but at the same time proud of it

13 Theme The theme of this poem is acceptance. Even though Hughes had to become famous before he could be accepted, he was still invited to a fancy dinner with white people.


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