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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Ballad of the Gypsy Summary & Analysis

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Ballad of the Gypsy Summary

The poet goes to a gypsy woman to find out when his gal will return to him. The gypsy woman takes the poet's money and then begins to lie, telling him that she will be home by and by. The poet hates the gypsy for taking his money and lying, but knows that if he were in her place he would do the same.

Ballad of the Gypsy Analysis

Hughes' sympathy for the working class meant that he could see past criminality and hoodwinking to the need and desperation that motivated it. Hughes was to come up against great criticism from contemporaneous black writers for choosing often to portray unsavory aspects of black American working class culture in his poems. But Hughes saw beyond moralizing contempt for the desperate actions of desperate men and woman and loved these men and women...

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