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Frederick Douglass: 1817-1895 Summary

In this memorial poem for Douglass, Hughes declares that Douglass would have died quickly had his will not been strong enough to overpower everyone and every thing that he encountered in his struggle for freedom. The poem ends by saying that Douglass died in 1895 but that he is not dead.

Frederick Douglass: 1817-1895 Analysis

Douglass strength of character is so great, Hughes says, that he cannot die. Though he has been formally dead since 1895, his spirit's vitality remains as strong as ever. We can see in this idea an echo of Nietzsche's ideas on the strength of the will, except that Douglass' will was ever oriented toward others. His strength came not from sheer will but from his will to liberate the enslaved.

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