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Vintage Hughes - Me and the Mule Summary & Analysis

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Me and the Mule Summary

In this poem the poetic voice is that of a black man who likens himself to his mule. His mule, he says, is grinning because he has been a mule for so long that he has forgotten that he is a mule. He too, he says, insists that he be accepted as he is.

Me and the Mule Analysis

This profound poem, far from rendering the human animalistic, sees the humanity in the mule. The mule is a lowly beast of burden, but he has been a mule for so long and as so accommodated himself to what he is that he is able to grin with utter indifference to the way he is regarded by those who consider themselves superior to the mule. The poet, too, wants to be taken as he is. He is black and he doesn't give...

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