BIOGRAPHY: Rita Dove’s life has been filled with success and many outstanding accomplishments. According to Poetry Foundation, Rita Dove was born August 28, 1952 in Akron, Ohio. Her father, Ray A. Dove, was “one of the first black chemists in the tire industry” and her mother was Elvira Hord (The New York Times). Her parents highly encouraged her to read, learn about literature, and continuously study, for which her love for poetry and music originates from a young age. She composed plays, poetry, and stories throughout her childhood.
Maya Angelou was one of the most influential literary phenomenons, who created numerous inspiring works and paved the way for many African Americans, while facing discrimination and prejudices. She gave people hope through her countless works of literature and gave people an understanding to what it really feels like to be an African American. Throughout her life, Maya had a very traumatic childhood. Her parents, Vivian Baxter Johnson and Bailey Johnson, had gotten a divorce when she was 3 and she as well as her brother, were sent to live with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. There, she felt the prejudices that the town was filled of.
Maya Angelou was an American poet and Civil right activist she did so many things that benifited America as a whole just by poetry. Her background persists in her poems giving them a cultural element. Angelou’s poems have feeling, movement, and power, which made her one of the most popular poets in America. Angelou grew up in Arkansas which was, at the time, segregated. Her poems are based off her culture through location, relationship, and civil independence.
Rita Dove is a United States Poet Laureate and successful contemporary poet. She has written for decades with her first published work being in 1980. She has written about many topics over the course of her career and throughout many major events which shape the poems she writes. Additionally she has received many varied criticisms from many people on both specific poems and her writing in general. Rita Dove was born in Akron Ohio on August 28th, 1952.
Who is Maya Angelou? Maya Angelou was primarily a very versatile and talented person. This woman of African American origin wrote and published seven autobiographies that were very popular and highly-evaluated in the US. However, she is well-known not only for being an author but also for being an actress, poet, dancer, and screenwriter. And of course we must not forget activism in the field of civil rights conducted by Maya.
Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese” was a text that had a profound, illuminating, and positive impact upon me due to its use of imagery, its relevant and meaningful message, and the insightful process of preparing the poem for verbal recitation. I first read “Wild Geese” in fifth grade as part of a year-long poetry project, and although I had been exposed to poetry prior to that project, I had never before analyzed a poem in such great depth. This process of becoming intimately familiar with the poem—I can still recite most of it to this day—allowed it to have the effect it did; the more one engulfs oneself in a text, the more of an impact that text will inevitably have. “Wild Geese” was both revealing and thought-provoking: reciting it gave me insight into the complexity and the power of reading aloud, and it was one of the first times I truly appreciated the depth and sophistication of poetry; having theretofore generally disliked both spoken text and poetry and thus having by and large disregarded them, this seemed a great realization to me. When I think back to pivotal moments in my career as an English student, my fifth grade experience with poetry appears prominently as one of the foundational moments in my time studying poetry at AFS.
Naiara Senra wrote The following book report for Mr. Samuel Jaja's writing and composition class at Notre Dame School. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter a 1850s novel. Published in 1850 by Ticknor & Fields, it began Hawthorne's most lucrative period and consists of two hundred and seventy-two pages. The Scarlet Letter has inspired many films, novels, and stage adaptations. I read this book not only because it was on a required reading list for one of my school classes, but also because it had been recommended to me by a friend a while ago.
Amy Tan: Background and Success Amy Tan is a very famous author and is known for successful moving stories of Chinese-American mothers and daughters. Currently, Amy Tan has written over 80 books/novels with many reaching New York Times as bestseller. Amy Tan’s passion for writing was strong ever since as a child. When she was eight years old, she won a essay contest, which ignited her passion for writing. Afterwards, Amy Tan dreamed of writing novels and short stories, which later became a reality.
Poetry allows some of the most influential people in literature history to express powerful observations about society and their experiences. Maya Angelou has written some of the most inspiring poems based around her life, often acknowledged as one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century. Born in St Louis, Missouri on April 28th, 1928, Angelou has experienced the full force of racial prejudice in The United States. To express her experiences and beliefs from the prejudice, she started to write poetry. Poems such as 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ' and 'Still I Rise ' both have similar themes and messages that reflect Angelou 's personal endeavours and experiences.
Koleka Putuma was born on March 22 1993 in Port Elizabeth. According to Bozza (2013) Koleka is currently based in Cape town and is working on a degree in Theatre and performance studies at the University of Cape town of which she specializes in performing and theatre making in training. Koleka is facilitator who shares her skill and hosts writing and dialogue workshops at schools, community projects and interfaith programs in and around Cape town (Bozza: 2013) She has been participating in many huge Poetry sessions. She is also a local poet of Lingua franca (2014). In 2012 she came second place in the Cape Town leg of