And I come to the Y
The Harlem Branch Y,
This stanza gradually builds from slow statements to a quick journey until it gathers so much momentum that Hughes must go back and clarify “the Y” is “The Harlem Branch Y” which highlights the sense the poem is off-the-dome which is carefully crafted over the stanza.
This repetition — a clarification — makes it feel more real. We all make mistakes — but Hughes doesn’t stop with this. He takes the stream of conciousness to the next level by writing “sit down, and write this page:” which makes it seems like everything after the colon is fresh and unfiltered.
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