“Sympathy” proves to be a most meaningful poem for one can relate while others cannot. It reveals that the title “Sympathy” shows how one feel pity but the word “know” others can feel empathy or relation to the caged bird. “Sympathy… I KNOW what the caged bird feels… I know why the caged bird beats his wings … I know why the caged bird sings…”(1, 8, 15). In the beginning, he acknowledges his relation to the bird by emphasising. “I KNOW what the caged bird feels…” (1).
Both of the authors write their text in the time period of the Holocaust. Niemoller list names of groups that were persecuted during the Nazi Revolution, while Simon is writing about a Holocaust victim. They most likely both mention the time period not only because it contributes to their topic, but to give their tone more of a serious and hopeful ambience. The two writers also both use irony in their styles, although they use different types of irony they both use it to farther develop their text. The poem, "First They Came...," uses dramatic irony to make the reader feel a sense of his regret and to make the reader personally reflect what he experienced.
Angelou used questions to make the reader feel and understand her point of view. Maya Angelou’s work as a poet had very defined themes and styles. One of Angelou’s most iconic compositions is a poem of self-worth and perververenve deemed “Still I Rise.” The poem quickly draws the reader into the story through the use of rhetorical questions and continues this style as the poem progresses. “Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes?” (“Still I Rise”).
June Jordan’s poem, “Poem about my rights” is about a woman who is describing her experiences and the unremittent concern for basic human rights for males and females. It is a personal and emotional poem about her view of the world and how change is needed. Although majority of the poem is written about how Jordan’s basic rights were not given, the poem also includes sections at which the reader sees the need for equal basic rights for both male and female is needed. This essay will comprise of my response to the poem, both as a poem and an oral performance. Throughout the poem Jordan uses repetition and in the oral performance uses her voice to enhance her message and feelings.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Metaphorical Criticism Maya Angelou is an acclaimed American poet, public speaker, activist, author and educator who is most famous for her roles as a spokesperson for black Americans and women. In her poem, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” written in 1969, Angelou describes her struggles with racism, which she was exposed to and dealt with since childhood. By using Metaphor Criticism, we will delve deeper into what it means to be a survivor of such cruelty. We will also examine Angelou’s rhetorical efforts and her use of imagery, symbolism and the extended metaphor as well as of being a caged bird versus as free bird. When exploring a metaphor, two major domains must be addressed: One must acknowledge the tenor, which is the topic or subject that is being explained, and the vehicle, which is the mechanism or lens for which the topic is viewed (Foss 267).
Trethewey immediately uses imagery to set the scene inviting your senses to help illustrate the image she has already relayed. This helped depict a more in-depth image of her poem “elegy”. After reading this poem several times, to build understanding, and break down literary elements; I came to the conclusion that Trethewey emphasizes the struggle to find balance. The balance between metaphor and symbolism, increasing throughout the entire poem showing battle between connotation and detonation. The struggle in which she used to connotation to portray the bigger picture, but also balanced out by denotation to show the subliminal messages of the relationship shared between the narrator’s father and herself.
A mythological story can express a valuable message to its readers, advising them to choose a certain path when making decisions and to stray away from what can harm them. It can also give an artist, whether it is a painter or a poet, the inspiration to express their intake of what was given to them. The expression can show support of a character’s decision, show sadness towards a character’s place in the myth, or relate the myth to a real-life occurrence. When poet Eavan Boland was reading Book 1 of Ovid’s Metamorphosis, she wanted to express a different meaning of the story of Daphne by writing “Daphne with her Thighs in Bark”. She did this by using a feminist approach while looking back at Daphne’s fate.
How is the theme of identity showcased in the poems “Presents from my aunts in Pakistan” and “Still I rise”? (More than 800 words) Both poems - Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou demonstrate the ways in which the poets assert their identities. In the former poem, the poet is torn between her British and Pakistani roots and is struggling to fit and express loyalty to one or the other, while in the latter the poet is expressing her strength and asserting her identity as a black American woman despite the challenges that prevent her from doing the same. Both poets use a broad range of ideas and language techniques to express their deep and complex emotions. In Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”,
An example of imagery is: “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.” This is referring to the sight. I will link the poem to the learner profile caring because the poet is caring about his beloved one and he is caring about not losing her. Also I link the poem to risk-taker because the poet had the risk to come up and talk to us about his beloved one. Also, I chose open minded to us because he is talking about what his philosophies in the poem. And even the usage of thinker because he thinks of the words that we writes by using the emotional
Poetry, the glue that attaches people to intangible ideas, feelings and beliefs of others is also functioned to picture historical events in epics. Walt Whitman’s masterpiece, O Captain! My Captain! is likely to be listed as the most famous poem regarding the American Civil War. With two hundred words in depth, Walt Whitman pays tribute to United State’s 16th president Abraham Lincoln.