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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Black Maria Summary & Analysis

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Black Maria Summary

The poet worries that the Black Maria is coming for him. The music upstairs if for him. He asks an unnamed person (called only Babe) whether she has ever seen the sun rise full of fun. The Black Maria passes by and a new day has begun.

Black Maria Analysis

In order to understand this poem one must know that the term Black Maria refers to a dark police vehicle that was used to transport arrested or convicted persons to the proper authorities. The poet worries that this car is coming for him; he represents the black man who is perpetually endanger of being deemed a criminal. At the same time, the dawn is coming and he is full of hope for a new day. Despite his tenuous position in society, he lives fully and loves the dawn of a new day.

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