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Young Sailor Summary

The young sailor of this poem lives for today without giving a thought to the future or the hereafter. For this lusty young man, money is for spending, wine is for drinking, and women are for loving.

Young Sailor Analysis

The young sailor of this poem is an example of the type of character who sang through Hughes' poetry. This poem is among the class of Hughes poems that do not deal with racial issues but instead take up the portraiture of various characters, in the style of Whitman. The young sailor is unburdened by thoughts of the future and does not hold to any beliefs about the hereafter. His daily joy is pure and unmediated, and he is profoundly simple. The final line mitigates this joy: the nothing hereafter bespeaks a void awaiting the man of pleasure at the end of his life.

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