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Blessing the Boats - Study Guide From The Terrible Stories (1996), "hag riding" Summary & Analysis

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From The Terrible Stories (1996), "hag riding" Summary

This poem explores the link between being a black and having African ancestry, which Clifton refers to as "afrikan." When the poet awakens in the morning, when it's hot, she sees herself "galloping down the highway" of her life, and she feels hope. She is so motivated by this uprising of hope that she runs out into the road. Then follows a charming metaphor. She climbs onto the day the way one mounts a horse, and the last line says, "i ride i ride."

From The Terrible Stories (1996), "hag riding" Analysis

The title of the poem is a gentle irony, gently poking fun at the poet herself. She identifies the passion and drive with which she greets and wakens...

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