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Troubled Woman Summary

A troubled woman stands in the dark burdened by weariness and pain. She is likened to an autumn flower in the frozen rain that will never lift its head again.

Troubled Woman Analysis

The poignancy of this poem is almost overwhelming. The troubled woman—we know little about her—is weighed down by weariness and pain. She is literally curved under the weight of this burden, and Hughes' word choice adds a great pathos to the poem; instead of referring to her suffering, he refers to weariness and pain. There is a total absence of the histrionic in this poem, and blame is nowhere to be found. We see only an exhausted woman, and because we know that Hughes art emerges from a great sympathy with his people, we know instantly and intuitively that the troubled woman is a black woman, and that...

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