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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide The Bitter River Summary & Analysis

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The Bitter River Summary

This poem describes a bitter river dark with filth and mud, whose taste has too long been in the mouth of the poet, who has grown tired of waiting for an improvement in the lot of blacks. He eschews the white sympathizers' advice to be patient and hard working while awaiting a better day. The bitter river, he says, washes these conciliatory words away. The river does not reflect the stars, but only steel bars behind which are imprisoned wrongly accused black men like the Scottsboro boys and other righteous leftist leaders from around the world like Lewis Jones.

The Bitter River Analysis

This poem is dedicated to the memory of Charlie Lang and Ernest Green, who were fourteen year old boys lynched together beneath the Shubuta Bridge over the Chicasawhay River in Mississippi on October 12, 1942. The boys were falsely accused of raping...

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