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Blessing the Boats - From the book of light (1993), "song at midnight" Summary & Analysis

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From the book of light (1993), "song at midnight" Summary

This poem honors a woman who has grown old but is still sweet and delightful, who "carries much sweetness/in the folds of her flesh." It is a sexual poem about a woman past the usual time that men find women attractive. Clifton reminds men, "brothers," that she is still so much worth loving not only for her sweetness but because she is faithful, albeit having grown round in her aging. Clifton enjoins the men to love her because she deserves it, and if they don't love her, perhaps no one will.

From the book of light (1993), "song at midnight" Analysis

The subtitle, "... do not/send me out/among strangers," foreshadows the ending, enjoining the brothers, or men, to still love a woman who is...

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