She used her poetry to reach the african american community and it gave them a sense of awareness. Her work was prideful and she, in turn, gave that pride back to her people to give a call to action. She first wrote two books in 1968 that became well known nation wide, and since no one wanted to publish her outspoken, “militant” poetry… she did it herself. She formed her own company and made her own money off of her books, she was very smart. There were mainly two things that influenced her writings, the revolution and her family.
I. Introductory Paragraph and Thesis Statement Phillis Wheatley has changed the world of the literature and poetry for the better with her groundbreaking advancements for women and African Americans alike, despite the many challenges she faced. By being a voice for those who can not speak for themselves, Phillis Wheatley has given life to a new era of literature for all to create and enjoy. Without Wheatley’s ingenious writing based off of her grueling and sorrowful life, many poets and writers of today’s culture may not exist. Despite all of the odds stacked against her, Phillis Wheatley prevailed and made a difference in the world that would shape the world of writing and poetry for the better. II.
By writing it down and sharing it with a large audience, she was able to transmit her stories and the events that happened in those years, as well as her own personal status to create herself an identity and to define her state of
After her death, tributes for her began to pop up everywhere. Whether it was a painting, writing, or some other form of respect such as source C, they all show the same thing: the struggles that Truth had to go through throughout her life as she challenged what was modern day life for
In today's society a countless amount of intelligent young adults throw away their talent by making short sided decisions, or partaking in harmful habits. Some claim the dilemma on modern media glamorizing such bad habits. Others asseverate that the people around them are to blame. None the less Gwendolyn Brooks expresses these concerns in an almost morbid fashion with her powerful poem "We Real Cool" which conveys a cautionary theme that those who chose to live fast paced lives filled with so called "cool" choices tend to live short lives. Her use of rhythm, dialect, and word choice presents the almost unnerving theme in an incredibly haunting way .
During the movement, Hurston was able to impact countless amount of people with her writings. In the Harlem Renaissance, she was acknowledged for her amazing intelligence, wittiness, and her magnificent writing style and how this unique author desired to fight for the rights of African Americans. During her lifetime she experienced grand success and was very well known, but, however, she also experienced disgrace and was slowly forgotten by the public. She was not well credited for all of her accomplishments, but now she is recognized as one of the best African American writers during the Harlem Renaissance. During her final decade, Hurston had difficulties getting work published.
“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman.” (Online - White House). This memorial statement, by Barack Obama in 2014, encompasses how many felt towards Maya Angelou, one of the most influential writers and voices of her generation. Over the course of her lifetime, Maya Angelou was awarded over 50 honorary degrees and received the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Angelou’s personal admiration and self-love that is reflected in her poetic works, specifically, “Phenomenal Woman,” is credited to the overcoming of her traumatic childhood and her work in activism.
The hardships that she faced during her lifetime and eventually overcame were done with a positive grace which became an inspiration to people around the world. Through her written words and inspirational speeches she was able to lead people in a positive directions . She moved forward as a beacon that showed love and wisdom. Angelou wanted to teach her audience truth about the hardships in life but also show them that there was great value in seeing the joy that life can bring and that there is a need to appreciate those who surround
She had written and published several books about the beginnings of the Red Cross, as well a short autobiography titled “The Story of My Childhood.” She won several awards for her work, including the International Red Cross medal. Her work is still fondly remembered to this day because of her nobility and
She showed all African American women and men that they can achieve the impossible and have an intelligent mind like everyone else. Even African American poets from today like Alice Walker found her as an inspiration. In one of her poems about being brought to america, she perfectly summarizes what the struggle was being a slave that is equal to everyone
She wanted to believe that her hardships were only temporary, so she looked to story book characters as her friends and a refuge from reality. She is very good at vivid description and dialogue as well as her prose- using ordinary language without meter and making it sound beautiful. It creates a mental image in the mind of the reader. She also describes things abnormally, which makes the reader think of whatever is being discussed in a different light. It is very colorful
Have you ever been scared of going somewhere new? How about enrolling in a certain program? Did you want to just conceal yourself from the world around you? Maybe you stay that way for a while, but then you get up and realize that you have to move on, confront your fears, get on with life. The poem “Speech to the Young” by Gwendolyn Brooks is a poem talking to younger people that advises them on their lives going forward.
Brooke Jakins Mrs. Huval English II-H 6th 18 September 2015 The Wittiest Woman in America Poetry is an escape from emotion. It doesn’t show someone’s character, but how they escape it. Only people who have emotions and character would know what it feels like to want to escape them.