Discuss love as the theme in the poem "Black Woman."

In "Black Woman," the theme of love appears in the speaker's love for the woman just as she is in all her unique beauty. With her love, the woman helps him grow, and now that he is mature, his love sees her beauty as majestic. The speaker uses details from all five senses to describe his love, and he ends by declaring how the love of this woman has drawn him toward eternity.

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In "Black Woman" by Leopold Senghor, the speaker loves the woman just as she is, for herself in all her glory, and in his love, he uses some fascinating images and metaphors to bring out the beauty of his beloved.

The speaker sees the woman naked before him, clothed only with her blackness, and in his love, all he sees is beauty. Her entire form is beauty. What's more, the woman is gentle, and she has helped the speaker grow into the person he is. Indeed, at the noon of his life, the speaker now comes to this woman, and he tells her, "your beauty strikes me to the heart." There is even a grandeur about that beauty that he looks upon with love, for he compares it to the "flash of an eagle," the sudden flight of a majestic bird.

As the poem continues, the speaker uses all his senses to describe his love: taste, touch, hearing, smell, and of course, sight. He speaks of "ripe fruit" and "black wine," the expanse of the savannah and the caress of the wind, the beat of the drums and the voice of his beloved as she sings. All these help the speaker discover, experience, and express his love.

The sensory details continue and are joined by images of light and darkness, red and gold, pearls and oil as the speaker draws the poem to a close. At the end, he declares that the beauty of his beloved draws him up to eternity. Even when his beloved dies, she will remain fixed, somehow, in the Eternal, because of their love.

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