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Vintage Hughes - Dream Variations Summary & Analysis

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Dream Variations Summary

The poet wishes that he could fling his arms wide in the sun and dance until the coming of night, which he identifies as being black like himself.

Dream Variations Analysis

Hughes here continues his thematic correspondence between black skin and the night. The power of this metaphor lies in the great dignity of the night, as well as the image's morally neutral valence. Black is a color that has often been associated with evil or malignance in world cultures, and the image of the night does not trade in these pejorative meanings. Instead, black skin is likened to the beauty of the night.

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