Explication of a Poem
...poem as black people and white people. The idea is that the poet narrator is visually breaking through the conventions of using light and bright to mean good, and darkness to mean evil, and asking the reader to empathize with night.
In terms of simile, as noted above, the narrator identifies themselves with night as well as a tree. “To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me- That is my dream!” (Hughes, 2010). The main simile is of the dark.
The personification in the poem is about the narrator/poet being in human form,
as the sun... HUGHES In an...