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What are the symbols, imagery, and theme in Forrest Hamer's poem "Lesson."

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Forrest Hamer is an African-American poet who was born in 1956. His poem, "Lesson," deals with themes of racism and a boy's attachment to his father.

The narrator of the poem is a little boy who is traveling with his family from Ft. Hood, Texas, to North Carolina, in "1963 or 4."  The family is concerned about the attacks in the South on blacks by the racist group the Ku Klux Klan.  The narrator uses the image...

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