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What is the meaning and structure of Langston Hughes' poem "Sun Song"?

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The poem is written with repetition of the word sun in order to evoke emotion around that word. In this way as you understand the poem you then relate it to the word sun.

 The poem is also using opposites to show the vastness of the songs one could sing and bring. The poem suggests a gathering and sharing of songs. These songs contain culture of the "Dark ones of Africa" "on the Georgia roads". Hughes is referring to the songs of the African slaves. Langston Hughes wrote several pieces related to this topic.

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