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Vintage Hughes - Junior Addict Summary & Analysis

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Summary

The poet calls for the sun to come and create a better world for a young addict who is killing himself with the drugs that allow him to escape into a fantasy land preferable to the vile life he lives in Harlem.

Analysis

This heartbreaking poem sympathizes with the young man who finds it easier to get dope than to get a job. His drugs allow him to close his ears to "Harlem screams" and shut his eyes to the desperation around him. He has no way to understand, Hughes tells us, that a sunrise beginning in some other land will soon flood his darkness and create a new world. This sun is a sun from Africa and represents the hope of black nationalism that Hughes briefly entertained.

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