Analysis of the poem Cross by Langston Hughes

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Analysis of the poem Cross by Langston Hughes

Analysis of the poem Cross by Langston Hughes

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In this poem, the author is bitter about being a mullato (mixed race).  It is evident that that bitterness does not only emanate from being neither black nor white, but also from the contrasting living conditions his mother and father lived. The author does not have a self identity.  Reconstructing this scene in realm of history, it is possible that the speaker was a slave who has a black mother and a white father.  The speaker has a hard time finding his place in the society and is stuck between two prevalent extremes, poor black and rich whites. In this poem, the writer, Langston Hughes, has used persona device because he was bi-racial himself.