I love you for your brownness And the rounded darkness of your breast. I love you for the breaking sadness in your voice And shadows where your wayward eye-lids rest. Something of old forgotten queens Lurks in the lithe abandon of your walk And something of the shackled slave Sobs in the rhythm of your talk. This poem was written during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, a period in which the Black community was fueled by very empowering literature.
Poetry is one of the medium that poets convey their opinions, views and suggestions to their audiences. Poets use different styles and techniques to ensure that their messages are understood. The poet employs allusion in enhancing understanding of the setting of the poem. Dixie was a famous song during the 19 th century sung to celebrate the glory of the South. Therefore, using this in the introduction part of the poem sets the impression that the poem setting was in the South American.
After reading it, the reader is left to dwell on themes such as racial inequality, violence, and love lost. Hughes uses clear diction that conveys the meaning of the poem in a direct fashion. There are a few moments in which the syntax is rearranged in order to make lines feel more poetic and rhythmic, but not so much so that the meaning is obscured. The poem describes through simple stanzas the loss that this young woman has suffered.