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Beale Street Love

Beale Street Love

by Langston Hughes

Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

Beale Street Love (title)

This isn't just any old love, Shmoopers. It's Beale Street love.

Quote #2

Love (1)

Yep. We realize we just gave you a one-word quote. But it's the perfect word, you have to admit. What's key here is that this word sets the tone for a very different poem than the one we end up reading. We're expecting romance, but we're met with violence.

Quote #3

Is a brown man's fist (2)

Our speaker comes right out and tells us that Beale Street love is a fist, and it's ready to do some major harm. It's a surprising metaphor, and it begs the question. Is the fist figurative? Or is the speaker arguing that on Beale Street, love is physically violent?

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