Song For A Dark Girl Poem by Langston Hughes

Song For A Dark Girl

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Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
To a cross roads tree.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus
What was the use of prayer.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow
On a gnarled and naked tree.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: girl
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek 17 February 2016

Way Down South in Dixie (Bruised body high in air) I asked the white Lord Jesus What was the use of prayer. Truly what was the use of prayers since HE could not save her but a Black Jesus could have done.

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warsdtgjfyhuj.kh 11 January 2018

asddrfg.hkuihug, v srry i am so drnk right new

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Tom Allport 12 February 2017

a very sad poem about a tragic event, that should never of happened in a so called civilised society?

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Dr Antony Theodore 21 September 2020

Way Down South in Dixie (Break the heart of me) They hung my black young lover To a cross roads tree. cruelty in terrible attire. tony

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Dr Antony Theodore 01 September 2020

Way Down South in Dixie (Break the heart of me) They hung my black young lover To a cross roads tree. Love is a naked shadow. great expressions picturing the cruel deeds. to ny

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Abraham.Rebecca 30 April 2020

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ok 01 November 2021

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Michael Walker 28 August 2019

The refrain 'Way Down South in Dixie' is effective. In the South, the worst crimes against negroes took place. Like the hanging of her young black lover.

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Tazzy 02 April 2018

What hurts the most is that Christ was not white, but that's how most Europeans see Him, because that's how He was portrayed in art. And because of that, the speaker in this poem feels disconnected from Him during a time of evil and tragedy. And too many white people felt justified because they envisioned a God who looked like them, but not like their neighbors.

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