Hearing Jordan reading this poem is crucial to appreciating and understanding the power of her poetry. “Poem about my rights” is personal, intimate and has a quality where the listeners feel as if the speaker is talking directly to them. Jordan uses language boldly and fully. She does not shy away from stereotypically or conventionally cuss words or ideas which may upset some listeners. In the poem she speaks about social and political issues that are real and issues which she feels should not be.
“Sometimes I live in a hurricane of words and not one of them can save me. (Naomi Shihab Nye)” Poetry is literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. The tile of this poem is “Making a Fist” and it is written by Naomi Shihab Nye. “Making a Fist” is a free verse and lyric poem. Readers can better understand the meaning of the poem “Making a Fist”, by identifying figurative language, sound, imagery, and the theme of the poem.
Despite choosing the haiku over the free-verse poem, I still savored the spirit of Alice Walker's poem. The haiku is simple, yet completely changes the atmosphere in my mind without filling up space with excessive words. Being so short, the poem gives the reader the ability to form their own image in their own mind. I absolutely loved this haiku and its structure, so I believe it is absolutely worthy of being
“With Her Eyes Open,” a poem by Alex Citadel is a piece that expresses the value of clarity by using the symbol, an eyeglass, that can view the whole world in a very fine detail. Citadel uses paradoxes, metaphors, as well as extended metaphors to portray the idea that even when people think they live clearly, their eyes can deceive them, fogging their reality, and stopping them from seeing the beauty of the world. Citadel uses paradoxes in his poem to show that many people may have their eyes literally open, but they don't fully understand what they are actually seeing. In these lines, Citadel talks about how some people describe the eyeglass as what it actually is (a piece of sky), but not what it can show, such as giving one who understands its value, a deeper view. He states, “... by those who will never see her (the eyeglass), / for they are looking, / but with their eyes closed,” (Citadel 6-8).
I spoke of the main purpose of poetry to show how precious life is. I talked about the importance for a poem to be song-like, joyful, and informative so that it would capture its reader. Reciting the poem “Sonnet in Primary Colors” by Rita Dove I used a squawky sound like a bird. I chose this voice because of the weird self-portrait of Frida who looked both male and female with a parrot on her shoulder. I imagined her to have a voice that would also be unisex in nature and imagined
Mallard’s emotional journey. From her initial reluctance to her ultimate freedom, Mrs. Mallard reflects nature’s everchanging beauty. Chopin conducts a symphony of imagery that pieces together the life and death of Louise Mallard. It is evident that Chopin uses Louise Mallard’s story to convey her perception of women and men’s roles during the late 1800’s by showcasing her acceptance of the freedom that could only be gained by a single woman. The descriptions used in Chopin’s work are a marvelous representation of her character’s struggle with inner conflicts.
Góngora often writes poetry which focuses on the "tempus fugit" or the "carpe diem" element of life and this poem is no different. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz is one of the last great baroque poets. She was a nun, but not by vocation. This poem is also about how beauty decays over time however in contrast to Góngora 's poem, which is about an unnamed woman, De La Cruz 's Sonet 145 is about herself. Also there is the further theme of beauty as a lie, or a trick, to deceive us into thinking that we are doing somthing more other than passing through time, waiting to die.
In the books Ellen Foster and A Separate Peace the protagonists both go through turmoil and develop who they are as individuals. The narrator, Ellen, from Ellen Foster shows herself as a strong individual that has some baggage that she doesn't let stop her from achieving her ultimate goal, happiness. In A Separate Peace, the protagonist, Gene, was jealous of his friend and did something regrettable that changes Gene’s life and his friend’s forever. How these characters interact with others in the books shows the readers a lot about the identity of the protagonists. Ellen Foster is a book that paints a picture of a damaged girl in a damaged home and her journey to find the perfect family.
Throughout her poetry she remains honest, painting an unflattering self-portrait through lyrical beauty, allowing us to empathize with her. One of the key ideas in Bishop’s poetry is a moment of epiphany, this is always supplemented with excellent, stark language. Through Bishop’s poetry it is evident that her childhood experiences had a very negative impact on her life. She portrays these negative experiences through ingenious, immaculate writing. My personal favourite is ‘Sestina’, her superb technical ability is shown in this poem.
The novel is a balladic, love story from ancient colonial times where Antoinette Cosway is portrayed as a parallel of a madwoman in the attic in Thornfield depicted in Jane Eyre. Jean Rhys complete the character of Antoinette by her own fantasy and personal experiences gained during her stay in Antillean islands where she heard about the madness of the Creole women, wealthy daughters of white slaveholders and black females, from the beginning of the nineteen century. In addition, these daughters of the decadent society hated by the ex-slaves were slowly languishing in the breathtaking beauty of the tropical nature. (Olexa, 1973) Moreover, Trevor Hope (2012) claims the Rhys’s novel is the reconstruction and revisitation of Brontë’s Jane Eyre. We can claim that Rhys’s main aim was to remove Bertha from the character of the non-identified wife locked away in Thornfield, give her the proper soul and identity, inform about her childhood and youth, thus the reader will understand her state of mind in Jane Eyre and will not consider her only the insane Rochester’s wife, but as Antoinette Cosway.
Her life was not an easy one but she overcame adversity and created some of the most beautiful pieces of literature, as well as poetry, of the 20th century. Her works prove that you may come from a horrible background but you are able to become someone worth something in the eyes of society. Maya Angelou wanted equality for all and therefor fought alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the Civil Right Movement of the 60’s. Mr. King dies on her birthday and she was devastated… in an interview she stated that his sense of fairplay as well as his eye for what justice should have been is something he instilled in her. The style in what she wrote was soft and powerful.
The excuse they give for promiscuity is their role in being the "muse" of these musical poets, which in some cases where sex turned to romance they were. However, what was really occurring was more of a competition among women to see who could sustain the attention of a musician the longest. This would usually end in tears for these groupies, as the musicians would move on. As stated by Des Barres in this book (2007). This quote is just one example of the heartbreak and misery connected to the groupie lifestyle.
His mere presence is both suffocating and refreshing in ways love can sometimes be. Ward provides the reader with this throughout the book, especially when Esch makes the statement, “I turned around to leave and saw gold. Manny.” (Ward 33) Her description of Manny expresses her deep desire and longing for this boy. Whether it is his golden tan skin or the glittering scars on his face, his appeal is all consuming when he is around her. She dreams about being touched by Manny, about receiving his affection.