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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Widow Woman Summary & Analysis

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Widow Woman Summary

"Widow Woman" is a colloquial, rhythmic ballad about a woman whose husband has just died. The woman wants nobody else and is wanted by nobody else. Her deceased husband is called a mighty ruler because he ruled of her for many years. The poem ends with an italicized exclamation that one can never tell when a woman like the widow is free.

Widow Woman Analysis

Hughes' poems are often described as exceedingly simple. He is celebrated as a realist poet—a designation which leads many to think of Hughes as a literalist poet. The difference, however, is significant. In his poem "The Weary Blues," for example, Hughes portrays a blues pianist playing in Harlem. Many saw the poem as a simple portrayal, and Hughes' later blues-inspired poems were often dismissed as not even being poetry because they quoted so directly from the lyrics of...

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