After reading various poems about our nation, many can conclude that different people have different opinions and views on America. When people hear the word “America” some feel upset or gloomy. Some may feel warm or cheery inside. Some may feel indifferent or confused. There are a million and one ways that people express their emotions towards the land of the free and the brave.
In his song, his overall message is to treat gay, lesbian, and transgender people as if they were any other human. The lyrics in “Lay Me Down” describe a great meaning of treating everyone equally through his use of poetic elements. The denotation of a poem is also known as the literal meaning of a poem. The literal meaning in the song “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith is about a man who feels empty and depressed inside because he cannot feel his affection for this person due to society’s thoughts about homosexuals.
An iconic figure in the history of American literature, Walt Whitman was born on the 31st May 1819. Today his contribution and works in the poetic world have come to define sentimentalism, ambitions and some key experiences that Americans underwent in the 19th century. Even though he may have been politically inactive, his work had the will to display political views. Having survived through the civil war, he grew much affectionate perception on the nature and complexity of American polity. Whitman’s view of America was that of a culturally diverse society that we currently witness as such this vision was mainly expressed in his poetic works.
America was rife with self-promoting writers eager for distinction and stimulating the uniqueness of their country. The reason of the two poems having prefaces is to mold people 's way of interrupting the poem as if telling the reader to cut his sense of interpretation and follow the lead. In Song of Myself, Whitman keeps saying the word "he" to implicitly refer to himself. Moreover, by hearing the phrase "The Bard", we think of Shakespeare, but Whitman used the bard to promote himself as the greatest bard of America. Describing how he has beard and he has his shirt unbuttoned at the top to illustrate that he is proudly American, Whitman tries to establish an American national identity out of the same English cloths ,but with an Americanized changes made to them.
In “One Perfect Rose” the rhyming scheme is a strict rhyme scheme. The ABAB rhyme scheme draws the reader in and provides the idea that the poem, as well as the rose, is perfect. The four line stanzas, quatrains, also follow the same pattern throughout the poem. The entire poem is iambic.
In the two poems, “I Hear America Singing,” and, “I, Too,” there are many similarities and differences that show us that know matter what is happening you have to stand up for yourself and do what you love. We see this in the two poems, “I Hear America Singing,” and, “I, Too” when the authors, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes, both talk about what America was a like in the 1900s, and how people were doing jobs that they had liked to do. We can see how a African American man would stand up for himself and we see this in the poem “I, Too” because we are able to see how he was able to stand up to everyone else and prove he was able to be treated like anyone else.
The Power of Art ¨Trumpeter of Lenox and 7th / through Jesse B. Semple,/ you simply celebrated Blues and Bebop / and beling black before / it was considered hip.¨ (Wesley Boone). Although the poems ¨Long Live Langston¨ by Wesley Boone, and ¨The weary Blues¨ by Langston Hughes were written in different time periods and with different purposes, the poems show similarities such as using similar figurative language to express an idea, and differences such as communicating different themes. Here are some examples of the similarities and differences shown throughout the poems. To begin with, in the poems ¨Long Live Langston¨ by Wesley Boone, and ¨The Weary Blues¨ by Langston Hughes, the authors include similes in their work, which helps the reader understand the similarities between the poems.
He is able to emphasize the message of the poem through his own personal voice as the speaker. McKay uses shifts in tone as a device to demonstrate his love hate relationship with his country as well. At some points of the poem, he has a positive outlook, where in other portions he seems to be negative about the future. McKay also personifies America as a whole in order to make the offenses against him seem even more personal. All of these elements combined make the theme of hope that the poet emphasizes stronger.
“Shipmates” by Mere Collins and “Long enough in Jo’burg” by Zenga Longmore were written at the same time period and they focus on the issue of racial discrimination. Both of the texts have a common theme. Persona mentioned in the poem faces quandary while travels on public transport and experiences social alienation. Zenga Longmore travels with her brother and encounters a terrible case of racial discrimination. Although these texts were written at the same time period and have the same theme, they have different format: one is a poem and the other one is a magazine article, hence they have disparity in target audience.
As I analysed Barbara Kingsolver’s Naming Myself and Sandra Cisneros I noticed the concept of both poems are very similar. The concept of both poems is both Sandra and Barbara talk about their family’s history and how it doesn't represent them. Both poems mentioned their names having a bad history and both of them disliking their names. In Barbara Kingsolver’s Naming Myself, her first ancestor stole a horse and married a Cherokee .