Selected Poems of Langston Hughes - Section VI: After Hours Summary & Analysis

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Section VI: After Hours Summary

"What?" (Pg. 108)

Humorous piece establishing the connection between a pimp and any other poor person. A pimp who wears the same clothes all year round is identified as a man who must, like any other man, make concessions based on income, or lack thereof.

"50-50" (Pg. 110):

The character Big Boy appears again in this piece. In this particular poem, Big Boy is an opportunist who uses women for sex and money.

"Miss Blues'es [sic] Child" (Pg. 113):

Lost love. The speaker compares the lover to the moon and the first star in the evening.

"Trumpet Player" (Pg. 115):

Mixes modern blues sentiment with the memory of slavery.

"Monroe's Blues" (Pg. 116):

The subject of this piece, a man named Monroe, sings the blues. The implication here is that he murdered his wife and her lover.

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