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Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey

  

by Sterling Brown

Ma Rainey Poverty Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #1

From Cape Girardeau,
Poplar Bluff, (5-6)

These two well-known towns in the Mississippi river valley were characterized by widespread poverty back in the day, especially when it came to their black citizens.

Quote #2

Comes flivverin' in, (9)

Flivverin's not just a cool word. It also tells us that these people aren't cruising in in fancy Cadillacs. They drive jalopies.

Quote #3

Or ridin' mules, (10)

Back in the day, mules were owned by those who couldn't spring for a horse, so in a poem like this, it's a sure sign of a lack of cash.

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