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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Sylvester's Dying Bed Summary & Analysis

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Sylvester's Dying Bed Summary

The poem is written in the voice of an elderly man named Sylvester who is surrounded by the mourning women who love him as he lays on his death bed. The poem ends with Sylvester reaching out to hug the women before dying and entering the darkness that is great and big like the night.

Sylvester's Dying Bed Analysis

The poem is about Sylvester's dying bed, not his death bed. This term, decidedly more colloquial than death bed, accord with the voice of the poem, which is an authentic black voice. Sylvester is not sad or afraid, and he believes he is about to meet the Lord. Death here is not a void, but a great big night.

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