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I need help analyzing Langston Hughes' poem "Parisian Beggar Woman."   What does Hughes mean in his poem "Parisian beggar Woman" when in the last lines he writes "nobody but death will kiss you...

I need help analyzing Langston Hughes' poem "Parisian Beggar Woman."

 

What does Hughes mean in his poem "Parisian beggar Woman" when in the last lines he writes "nobody but death will kiss you again?" Does this poem relate to his encounters with Paris?

The Poem: Once you were young. Now, hunched in the cold, Nobody cares That you are old. Once you were beautiful. Now, in the street, No one remembers Your lips were sweet. Oh, withered old woman Of rue Fintaine, Nobody but death Will kiss you again.

 

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With the ultimate goal of poetry being a means of fresh connection to the experiences of life, Langston Hughes writes about an old woman of Paris who has lived on a street called Fintaine probably for many, many years.  Since the word fin means "end," it is fitting that she dwells on this...

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