America is a place where diversity and differences are celebrated for the good of all. The ideals America stands for are freedom, equality, and rights which are celebrated by all. In Whitman, and Hughes’s writing they show that they honor it. Whitman celebrates it, and Hughes with his positive attitude, looks forward to celebrate it.
“I hear America singing” by Walt Whitman shows what his America is and what it is like, and how they celebrate there work using general lifestyles of others around him such as “mechanics, carpenter, mason, hatter” and more. His vision of America seems like utopian society, where there is perfect political, social, and economically system. His uses words like “Singing” and “songs” which means working, and freedom. The celebration Whitman talks about is the “blithe” freedom that belongs to you and only you by stating “ The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat”. In Whitman’s America you will see repeated over and over a celebration of individuals regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, nationality, and social standing by expressing words or phrases like “ Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else”, “ the varied carols”, “young fellows, robust, friendly”, and more. (http://www.bartleby.com/142/91.html)
I, too, sing America by Langston Hughes shows Hughes calmly looking forward to celebrate diversity and differences with the white society. I, too, sing America has a point of view of 1st person, a poem about individual. Unlike Whitman, Hughes’s poem celebrate people for who they are not what they do. Hughes consider himself a part of American society, in his poem he declares “ I am the darker brother.”. His tone in the poem is very calm but strong and determined. (http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15615)
Whitman celebrates the festival of diversity, by telling people celebrating their work in a utopian type of America, and expresses the celebration in a harmonious tone. Hughes looks forward to celebrates his Equality with his white brothers.