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Vintage Hughes - Nightmare Boogie Summary & Analysis

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Nightmare Boogie Summary

The poet dreams that he could see a million black faces that transform suddenly into faces that are dead white.

Nightmare Boogie Analysis

Note that this poem references the boogie-woogie, rolling bass, and whirling treble of cat-gut lace of Boogie: 1 A.M. The developing theme here is that of the double-voiced blues. The dialectic between suffering and joy is here represented as the sudden transformation of black faces into white ones. Note that the description "dead white faces" could mean that the faces were "dead-white" or that they were dead and white. The ambiguity is intentional.

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