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From the Dark Tower Summary & Analysis
by Countee Cullen

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Countee Cullen published "From the Dark Tower" in 1927 in his second collection of poems, Copper Sun. The poem is a sonnet that focuses on the injustices of racism, as the speaker notes that white people deprive Black people of the fruits of their labor. However, the speaker—who is Black—is confident that this will not be the case forever, ultimately suggesting that such hardships build strength and resiliency. In turn, the speaker sets forth the optimistic belief that Black people will one day triumph over racist oppression and "reap" the rewards of their hard work.

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