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I need help with Hughes' poem, "The City."  What is the structure?  Theme? Symbols?  Moral and historical context?   

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“The City” by Langston Hughes is an eight-line long poem. It consists of two stanzas each containing four lines. Four-line stanzas are called "quatrains." The lines each contain two stressed syllables but the number of unstressed syllables varies from one to five. Thus the meter is dimeter but there is not really a dominant foot. The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABCB. In other words, in each stanza the second and fourth lines rhyme.

The poem is written in the third person. The narrative voice is impersonal. The reader is given no details about the narrator but instead the poem simply recounts a general impression of the city.

The diction of the poem is very simple with the majority of the words consisting of a single syllable and the rest containing two syllables. The style of the poem is simple and descriptive, resembling works of the Imagist movement.

The poem does not explicitly, within its text, have details about historical or moral context. If one looks outside the text to Hughes'...

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