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Theme for English B

Theme for English B


by Langston Hughes

Analysis: Allusions

When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Geographical References

  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina (7)
  • Durham, North Carolina (8)
  • Harlem, New York City, New York (9)
  • City College, New York, New York (9)
  • St. Nicholas Park, New York, New York (12)
  • St. Nicholas Ave, New York, New York (12)
  • Eighth Avenue, New York, New York (13)
  • Seventh Avenue, New York, New York (13)
  • YMCA, Harlem Branch, New York, New York (14)

Pop Culture References

  • The YMCA (13)
  • Bessie Smith (24)
  • Bop music (24)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (24)

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