From the Dark Tower
We shall not always plant while others reap
1. What's Romantic (or not) about the poem?
1a. As the poem is written by an African American poet, what pressures to read the poem either separately from Romanticism or as part of it?
2. What gothic or sublime elements are identifiable? What mood or tone do they build?
2a. If the gothic light-dark color code appears, how do the standard Western values of light / white = good and dark / black = evil change from an African American perspective or voice?
Symbols & color codes in Langston Hughes, "Dream Variations" & Countee Cullen, "From the Dark Tower"