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This poem contrasts the longings of two Mexican men. The first, "born into Gayety Hall," feels out of place during a visit to Mexico and wishes to be back home in busy Manhattan. The second, born in Mexico, is in the setting that the first dreams of, yet wishes to be back home. Mexico is painted attractively as a place "where there's nothing on earth to annoy you" and linked to religion, whereas Manhattan is described as materialistic and bothersome in comparison. Despite their origins as Mexican men, the two men's races are not talked about; their longings are geographical, establishing an importance of setting over ancestry in ethnic connection.
"Misplaced." <em>The Messenger</em> XLI, no.6 (April 1915): 324. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Messenger 1920
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“Poem "Misplaced",” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed December 4, 2023, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/155.