Harlem Gallery - Dark Symphony Summary & Analysis

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Dark Symphony Summary

The poem "Dark Symphony" is separated into six parts. The first part "Allegro Moderato" discusses how Black Crispus Attucks is a hero. Attucks was the first matyr of the American Revolution to die in the Boston Massacre. Attucks was a black man. The narrator says Attucks is more important than Patrick Henry, a white man and historical figure. As black men stood at the auction block in times of slavery, they created a brotherhood through tragedy. In the end, the black man is more resilient and less greedy than the white man.

The second part "Lento Grave" discusses the slavery in Civil War times, and how slaves sang as they were in the slave ships, being tortured or escaping to the North.

The third part "Andante Sostenuto" says the white man tells the black man to forget about slavery. Forgetting however...

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