Mark Ledezma English Literature Professor Acker March 21, 2018 Phillis Wheatley Critical Response Based on what if read about Phillis Wheatley, it talks about how Phillis Wheatley expresses her life as an enslaved African American through a poem, how she astonishes authors about her achievements and determination of being the only African American to learn to read and write at that time and how she has inspired other authors and African American people. In my opinion I would agree about how she astonishes author on her achievements and determination and how she expresses her life in the form of a lyric poem. The first reason why if agree with this article is because Phillis wheatley shows others authors about the life of an enslaved African
Hardships and trials help to shape, mold, and create characters in stories, this is evident within the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry’s assertive character, Beneatha, connects to the messages from classic Motown songs of the time period such as: inequality, identity, and respect. These songs sing of some characteristics and problems Beneatha holds. Through the soulful sound of Nina Simone’s song, “Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”, a cry for equality is heard that is similar to the one from Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry's play is set in the 1950s and incorporates the social issues prevalent with in the time such as gender roles which helps to create an underlying theme that Beneatha struggles against in this story.
Her description of the way the bird “dip his wing” helps the readers to acknowledge the “free bird” in his habitat and to feel his enjoyment of freedom. The second stanza was in a stark contrast with the first one. By using the word “but” to begin this stanza, she contrast the “free bird” to a “caged bird”. The tone and the mood are drastically changed from peaceful and satisfaction to dark and even frustrating. While the “free bird” was enjoying freedom, the “caged bird” was helpless in the cage.
When Blanche first began singing, she started with the first verse of the ballad: “Say, it’s only a paper moon, Sailing over a cardboard sea -- But it wouldn’t be make-believe If you believed in me!” (120). The lyrics to the song directly reflect Blanche’s view on her life and how she chose to live it. The paper moon and cardboard sea represent the new life Blanche had imagined for herself; a life where she was happy and her past didn’t follow her. Blanche truly believes that her false reality “wouldn’t be make believe” if people just believed in her and not the stories told about her. Blanche feels that if people had faith in her and her story that she chose to tell, she could peacefully live among the cruelness of the world.
The first stanza starts off by referring to the skylark as a “blithe spirit”. The bird itself is a physical being with flesh and blood, however, Shelly describes it as a non-physical being, or a spirit. In the poem, Shelly himself is listening to the beautiful music of this bodiless musician, the skylark. Its invisibility is what essentially gives the bird a spirit like quality. “Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill delight”.
After all, the windhover is a bird with a smart mind and the elegant look, but power. It is so beautiful and flawless, Hopkins uses terms such as “minion” and “dauphin” to show the beauty and power of the bird in the poem “The Windhover”. Based on Hopkins’s description, a
I will discuss this poem further with the help of the claims of two authors we have studied in class, from Stuart Hall’s “Ethnicity: Identity and Difference” and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “A Defense of Poetry”. The way that Maya Angelou describes the caged bird and the free bird creates a clear contrast between the two. The poem commences with a stanza about the free bird and how it “dares to claim the sky.” We can tell that the free bird is powerful as the fact that it can claim the sky, or in other words dominate the world, is within the free bird’s reach. This clearly signifies how the white community in the United States was superior to the black community, and therefore the white community was undoubtedly more powerful and, historically, it is known that the whites have reveled in social and economic privileges, whereas the blacks have not. White supremacy was demonstrated everywhere in that time and age, and Maya Angelou has very clearly depicted the struggles of the black community during that time from the point of view of the “caged bird”.
Although a poet rooted in the folk tradition of the African American South, Finney’s work relies upon the spiritual and aesthetic influence of West African tradition, the womanist wisdom of her maternal grandmother, Beulah Lenorah Davenport, and her family’s political commitment to equality and social justice (Beaulieu 333). She mingles the personal with the public in order to share the experience with her readers and therefore truly express their feelings. “I think that my putting myself in my poetry is me saying to my readers and my listeners “I’m willing to stand here and be as vulnerable as perhaps I am making others and situations vulnerable in my work. I have to be willing to do that” (Finney, “Interview with: Nikky Finney.”). Finney used personal and historical details so long as they are of interest to the people.
Authors write stories sometimes based on their beliefs, despite conflicting influences like society or normalities of time. Because of this, their themes can be quite straightforward and based on the time period. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Susan Glaspell's “A Jury of Her Peers,” the female protagonists have the craving for freedom from their state of living; this passion of freedom shapes their environment and influences on the people they love and on their own self. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” the main protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, suddenly realizes that she has the ability to be free after hearing the news of her husband’s death. This sudden epiphany causes the desire of freedom in her to burst into emotion, both
Bennett talks about how Dickinson uses metaphors a lot, and this relates to this poem because Dickinson’s whole poem is about the metaphor of hope being a bird and how it is present in the human soul. Dickinson begins the poem with “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers-” (Vendler 118). The beginning line is interpreted as explaining to the reader how hope is a bird, and she displays that hope is an actual thing by capitalizing it and putting it in quotation marks. By capitalizing it, it displays its materialistic quality, and this comes back to her fixation on seclusion by hope being her only companion. Since she is alone for so long, her only companion is hope since she is holding onto it through her rough times, which is the plotline of the