Ordinarily, you don’t read Ice-T, you listen to him, and his voice and affect, as well as the producer’s contribution of hooks and beats” (Triska 1) what they are saying here is that rap has a more angry tone and more violence involved than poetry. Jay-Z in the other hand argues that rap should be considered poetry. He said that “I hope readers take away from this book that rap is poetry. It’s thought-provoking; there’s thought behind it,” he said. “There’s great writing in rap as well.
People act differently when they are with certain people than when they are alone. Some will call this act a “mask.” This metaphor is used because people cover up who they truly are or what they really feel with their actions; similar to the way a mask covers up a person’s face. This idea of a mask is explored in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask” and readers can see examples of “masks” in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. People often wear masks to hide something about themselves that they are not proud of or hide their emotions and fears they do not want others to know. In Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask” the speaker wears a mask to hide his internal suffering because he does not want the rest of the world to think he is weak.
Niemoller’s poem “First They Came…” has a regretful tone, and uses various devices to convey a message that if a person is indifferent, it will hurt them in the end. Throughout the poem, Niemoller repeats the phrase, “Because I was not”. This use of anaphora is useful in conveying Niemoller’s message because it shows the reasoning behind Niemoller’s apathy, but does not justify it, showing that he is regretful of his choices. In addition, Niemoller uses pauses to let the impact of his statements sink in. Every time he says, “I did not speak out,” a hyphen follows it, indicating a pause.
Poetry Analyzation: Both Cowper and Poe have very distinct writing styles and techniques, as Cowper writes poetry that revolves around religion and Poe differs with essays that involve many imaginative and dark aspects, such as a theme of death. In one of his poems “The Negro’s Complaint” , Cowper demonstrates his writing skills through a controversial poem that brings god and slavery together. This poem was used as an act of conscience, because of the guilt he felt for the “sin” of using African-Americans as pawns of slavery by his people. Cowper made this poem to give those who are not heard, a voice, and to raise awareness for those who cannot riot or protest for their own freedom, hoping to result with putting reality into the conscience of slave owners. The poem is constructed into seven stanzas, organized in iambic pentameter containing a rhythm of “ababcdcd”, throughout the rhythm of the poem comes reflection to the emotions of the speaker whom is a slave.
The group is very observant on the activities of ‘Hard Rock’ because they are less courageous than he is. The poet employed this technique in order to explicitly narrate the story to the audience. According to the persona and the way he narrates, all the audience do not the story thus he is out to inform vividly. About tone in the narrator’s voice, there is a combination of nostalgia and despair. The same applies to his attitude towards the main character in the poem ‘Hard Rock’.
In the story, “on Birds, Bird Watching and Jazz” by Ellison, the interesting theory as to how Charles Porter Jr. got his nickname as “Bird “ is told using humor in his stories along with a careful choice of syntax and his diction. In the first paragraph, the author uses alliteration,”...and despite the crabbed and constricted character…” to give us an insight on the figure he is speaking about. The author also chooses these words to build up an impression and then breaks it by saying Parker was a most intensive melodist. In the second paragraph of this story, Ellison establishes what a nickname does and how it would originate. Continuing on, Ellison introduces a new fact to the audience, that jazzmen were labeled as cats because they were legends.
Tone is how a passage makes the reader feel, and connotation is the associated feeling a reader has with a particular word. In the beginning of Anthem, Rand writes, “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see.” This sentence has the tone of guilt. Words such as “sin” have a negative connotation. This tone causes the reader to think having individual thoughts is a bad thing in this society, but the narrator is thinking for himself.
The stimulus I decided to use is “The Sound of Silence” - Simon and Garfunkel. When listening to the song and reading the lyrics, I thought of people who aren’t heard and are constantly in silence. After doing a bit of research, I decided to make our piece about selective mutism (a severe mental disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations). I decided to choose this as it seemed to relate to the lyrics of the song. You can see the information I have collected and the monologues I wrote on page 3 of my supporting evidence.
The novel Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, utilizes grotesque and shocking imagery in order to attempt to evoke a strong sense of concern from the reader. Huxley wrote the novel as a criticism of the direction that he viewed the world as traveling towards. As noted by Richard Beckham, Huxley utilizes the technique of reductionism, the concept of simplifying or returning to a more basic state of being. This illustrates how much society has changed, or in the eyes of Huxley, degraded. Throughout the novel, the characters express a reduced form of society and humanity through their lack of emotion and motivations in order to convey the extent to which society has changed negatively.
Mark Twain wrote this essay in a pessimistic and biased manner, which forced his readers’ to reflect upon a deeper meaning. His writing style was biased by not including any favorable qualities that people possess. He spoke of man's moral sense being worse than the disease of rabies, yet didn't offer any solutions. He disproved his own thesis by basing his stated theory on satire, which leads one to believe his stated thesis was not his motivation in writing this piece. Using Satire was a way for him to address the problems he saw within society without directly insulting his audience.