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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Midnight Dancer Summary & Analysis

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Midnight Dancer Summary

This poem describes a black female dancer at a nightclub. She is described as a wine-maiden of the jazz-tuned night. Her lips are sweet and purple and her breasts are like pillows. The poet asks who crushed the grapes of joy and dripped their juice on the woman.

Midnight Dancer Analysis

This poem is a vignette of a black female dancer and an ode to her beauty. Note how Hughes uses unconventional descriptors to highlight the characteristically black beauty of the woman, rather than using the formulae developed by white poets. Her lips are purple and her breasts are pillows—here is a woman whose beauty is foreign to the world of pale thin nymphs.

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Vintage Hughes from Nonfiction Classics for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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