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What is the theme for the poem "Dawn" by Paul Laurence Dunbar?

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This whimsical poem of four lines goes as follows:

An angel, robed in spotless white,
Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night.
Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone.
Men saw the blush and called it Dawn.

The theme of this poem is love. God's love wakes up the world and brings on the beautiful rosy colored dawn.

In the poem, Dunbar personifies (give human traits to) Night, depicting is as a woman asleep. An angel—a messenger from God—kisses Night. To kiss a person symbolizes love. The angel's spotless white robe symbolizes purity. The angel...

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