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Beale Street Love

Beale Street Love

by Langston Hughes

Power Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

Love
Is a brown man's fist (1-2)

When love is described as a fist, it seems like it has physical power, and that power is a masculine one. It is a man's fist, after all. It appears this dude is totally in control.

Quote #2

With hard knuckles (3)

This is no weak fist. It has hard knuckles and has probably seen a fight or two before. The question is, do we think this fist is real? It has been described as a metaphor for love, but the more real qualities it gets, the more real it seems.

Quote #3

Crushing the lips,
Blackening the eyes (4-5)

These lines give us a clear demonstration of the exact physical effects that the power of love, and a man's fist, can have on a woman. It's the first moment in the poem where a physical power struggle becomes apparent. We can call this a metaphor all we want, but it's hard to deny that someone is getting punched here.

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