The title, “Prayer to Masks” by Leopold Sedar Senghor, is kind of powerful in the poem. I am not sure if I understand the whole meaning of the poem, but what I got out of it was that it was about war. I think the “prayer” part in the title is talking about, pray for the soldiers who give put their life on the line for all of us. The lines that really made me think it was about war was, “They call us men of coffee cotton oil/They call us men of death” (20-21) I think the poem in general is just talking about to pray for the ones who are not so lucky, who have gone through hardships, live in third world countries, the little boys and girls in sweatshops, and the men in war. I think the word “mask” in the title is talking about not a literal mask on their face, but the way that they have to cover up feeling okay with the life they live. They may seem like they are fine and happy, but I bet inside some of them are really hurting.
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