[1]An example of a popular sorrow song would be "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." For more background on Sorrow Songs and their influence on African American culture and literature, see W.E.B. DuBois' "The Sorrow Songs" (Souls of Black Folk http://www.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/dubois/14.html).

2When describing poetic forms, people use lowercase letters to denote rhymes and capital letters to denote repeated lines. Because lines are often repeated in blues stanzas, line repetition is given priority. Thus, an "AB" stanza means that the lines don't repeat and an "AAB" stanza means the second line is a repeat of the first but differs from the third; however, usually the last word of the "A" line rhymes with the last word of the "B" line (what would usually be noted as an "aa" or aaa" stanza).

[3]Steven Tracy, Langston Hughes & the Blues (Chapter 3)

[4]Steven Tracy, Langston Hughes & the Blues (Chapter 3)

[5]If this is a subject which interests you, you might want to look at either Jack Forbes' Africans and Native Americans: The Language of Race and teheEvolution of Red-Black Peoples (E59.M66 F67 1988) or William Katz's Black Indians: a Hidden Heritage (New York : Atheneum, 1986).

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