Selected Poems of Langston Hughes - Section X: Name in Uphill Letters Summary & Analysis

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Section X: Name in Uphill Letters Summary

"Stars" (Pg. 188):

The speaker entreats a young black boy in Harlem to "[take] just / One star." Taking a star is synonymous with reaching for something higher, more noble and outside the self in order to make one's dreams come true.

"Note on Commercial Theatre" (Pg. 190):

A black person comments on the way in which his/her music has been appropriated by whites for financial gain. The speaker comments on the phenomenon of "borrowing" black music for use in stage and film productions that are not about blacks, such as Bizet's opera "Carmen" and William Shakespeare's "Othello."

"Merry-Go-Round" (Pg. 194):

A young black child asks a carnival employee where the segregated rides are. The poet uses this vignette as a comment on the way in which many blacks simply assumed that segregation (also known as...

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