Jeanetta Calhoun Mish’s poem, My Mother’s Hands, is an emotional piece about the range of memories and feelings one has when a loved one dies. Mish uses an open form with four unrhymed stanzas, containing two octaves, a couplet, and a single line stanza. The poem is written from the author’s point of view, talking about her own mother. Mish uses both colorful and grim imagery along with repetition and figurative language to make the reader feel the grief she is feeling as she is looking upon her mother. On the surface, this poem is about the author grieving over her dead mother while observing the changes to her corpse, but it goes much deeper emphasizing the importance of life and how one is remembered goes beyond the aesthetics.
There are many different ways in which love is explored and expressed. My Last Duchess by Robert Browning discusses the obsessive love for a spouse, while A mother in a refugee camp by Chinua Achebe explores the motherly love for a child and finally, La Belle Dame Sans merci by John Keats describes love at first sight. A range of poetic devices and language techniques are employed by the various poets to convey their respective views as well as challenging the reader’s own idea of what love is. A mother in a refugee camp was written in reference to the war and separation of Nigeria and Biafra, detailing the severe conditions of the refugee camps where disease was rife and children died with unconcerned regularity. Achebe had worked as an ambassador for the Biafran government when in 1967 civil war broke out in Nigeria and the Achebe’s firsthand experience of the struggle and hardship inspired him to write ‘ A mother in a refugee camp’ .The poem details one story of a mother who continued to treat her dying son as if he would live.
Theda Perdue`s Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835, is a book that greatly depicts what life had been like for many Native Americans as they were under European Conquering. This book was published in 1998, Perdue was influenced by a Cherokee Stomp Dance in northeastern Oklahoma. She had admired the Cherokee society construction of gender which she used as the subject of this book. Though the title Cherokee Women infers that the book focuses on the lives of only Cherokee women, Perdue actually shines light upon the way women 's roles affected the Native cultures and Cherokee-American relations. In the book, there is a focus on the way that gender roles affected the way different tribes were run in the 1700 and 1800`s.
Virginia Woolf: Shakespeare’s Sister In the essay “Shakespeare’s sister” Virginia Woolf asks and explores the basic question of “Why women did not write poetry in the Elizabethan age”. Woolf sheds light on the reality of women’s life during this time and illustrates the effects of social structures on the creative spirit of women. In the society they lived in, women were halted to explore and fulfill their talent the same way men were able to, due to the gender role conventions that prevailed during this era. Through a theoretical setting in which it is it is imagined that William Shakespeare had a sister (Judith), Virginia Woolf personifies women during the sixteenth century in order to reflect the hardships they had to overcome as aspiring writers. The author’s main purpose for
Written Component/Critique Selective Life Summary: Born in the early 1800’s, Araminta Harriet Ross Tubman was just a young girl who knew nothing other than the need to survive. Raised in a slave ridden Maryland, Tubman had to adapt to her situations and learn to keep moving forward with what she was given. Reaching a certain point in her life and traveling North in 1849, Harriet Tubman chose to go back and help her family and others who sought what she had. Freedom. Throughout her life, Harriet Tubman was a slave, nurse, spy, and a crucial aspect of the Underground Railroad.
Female authors as well as characters gain that feeling of freedom, due to the less constricting binds of literary writing. Susan Glaspell, the playwright of Trifles relays feminist drama in a fascinating and psychological way. This play introduces women helping women in confinement to find freedom. Confinement can tear a woman apart, but the desire for freedom from society is embedded deep in the heart of all strong women. Trifles was written
“Poem for My Sister” written by Liz Lochhead, is a poem describing the relationship between two sisters and their experiences. As with almost all siblings, the younger sister looks up to her older sister and strives to be like her whereas the older sister in this poem has been through numerous hardships and troubles in her life and warns her stubborn sister to not follow in her footsteps. The reader can relate to the poem as they are either an adult or a child and both ages apprehend the feelings and emotions that the characters are experiencing. A deeper meaning this poem suggests is that the experience of adulthood should be seen as advice for the upcoming generations. The poet has shown how easily influenced children are and how they strive to be like their elders by using shoes as a representation and symbol for different lifestyles.
She also acted as a civil war nurse, an advocate for civil rights and a leader in the underground railroad. Harriett Tubman, born Araminta Ross, was birthed in 1819 or 1820 as a slave. She changed her name to Harriett in honor of her mother and propositioned her owner to marry a freedman John Tubman. Her owners agreed to the marriage if she continued to work their plantation. Harriett led a challenging life and relied on her faith in God to assist her in her freedom and freedom of others.
This letter was likely intended to be private, highlighted by Lewes openness about her personal struggles. She laments her societal standing as a woman in 1800’s Europe, struggling against the restrictions of “domestic duties” and “womanly necessities”. Despite this, Lewes finds comfort in her womanhood, comparing the process of writing to “...offspring, developing and growing by some force of which one’s own life has only served as a vehicle…” By writing this letter, Lewes acts on her impulse to “...feel the want of others as my own…” Though she rejects society’s traditional view of women, in the careful, consultative nature of her response, she takes on the role of a mother. This impulse to nurture, though unwanted by Lewes, reveals that a caring nature is not necessarily a weak one. By simply existing, Lewes proves society’s view of women
It is told from her point of view. The speaker is a housewife who is fed up. During this time, her point of view can easily be associated with the idea of feminism. The poet choses to write in her own point of view because it makes relating to ideas of feminism much easier. If the poem was written during the same time, by her husband it would have a much different feel.