Figurative Language In Harlem Poetry Analysis

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"There is scarcely any passion without struggle". - Albert Campus This quote represents the struggle that can be found in Harlem Renaissance and Post Modernism poems. Post Modernism is the concept of arts and criticism that represents differently from modernism. As well as Harlem Renaissance was named after 1925 anthology because of the cultural explosion that took place in Harlem, New York. The four poems I will talk about all represent some sort of struggle and also share similar figurative language such as syntax and similes.

To begin with the first two poems I chose have to do with pain. The “Cut” talks about a man getting an injury with his finger. In the poem he cuts his finger and describes the whole situation by using similes to compare to what his finger looked like. For example the author says “ except for a sort of hinge, skin, a flap like a hat.” (Plath 1) The author wanted the reader to really imagine how badly injured his finger was by using a simile. The other poem talked about dying and how he was not very sure how he felt about it. For instance he says “ the ills I sorrow
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One poems is perfectly fine with dying and the other is skeptical on how it will happen and what happens furthermore. In the poem “ If we must die” the author states “ If we must die, let it not be like hogs” (Mckay 1) The author is okay with dying but does not want it to turn out horrible. He wants it to not be terrifying and just to be peaceful. In the poem “ Bowery Blues Excerpt” the author says “ I want to live, I want to die.” (Kerouac 10) The author wants to live and also so wants to die. Obviously he is not liking something in his life to make him think this. This is also where struggles come in. Having struggles can really make a person think differently and not actually think things through. One poem is okay with dying for when it is his time to go and the other is not very sure on
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