He uses juxtaposition when he says the movie will be “Jurassic Park meets Friday meets The Pursuit of Happyness,” creating a creature movie with the influence of “hood boys” (Smith, Dinosaurs in the Hood, line 2). In the last three lines of the first stanza, Smith uses imagery to paint the scene of an African American boy playing with a toy dinosaur as he gazes out his window to see a T.Rex because “there has to be a T. Rex.” Smith is saying that if this was a stereotype filled movie it would have to have a T.rex in it due to the overuse of that certain beast, but leaves the question open to if the dinosaur is stereotyped what African American cliches of the boy have to be in the
The tone immediately darkens and we find that the setting is directly related to the tone of the chapter. The garden itself casts shadows over the scenes in which it is present. Esperanza is aware that if something might happen within the garden, it might not come out of it, and then she follows with, “This is where I wanted to die and where I tried one day but not even the monkey garden would have me” (Cisneros 96). This line is
The tension presented in the first stanza is due to childbirth, and the pain and difficulty involved with that. The first line, “ I can remember you, child” , is an automatic attention - drawer, it also causes tension as it shows how fearless the poet is due to the boldness of the statement. The enjambement used within the first stanza allows the tension to build, as it acts like a continuous build- up to something significant (in this case - childbirth). This tension is then continued with the alliteration of “first Fierce confrontation”. The emphasis supplied by the literary device means that this quote will stay in our minds, whilst allowing us to easily flow through the stanza.
The film Boyz N the Hood is a story about life in South Central Los Angeles. The film was wrote and directed by John Singleton in 1991. I chose this movie because of its relevance to the course and how it reflects pop culture in that time period. The opening line in the movie “one out of every twenty-one Black American males will be murdered in their lifetime” really catches the audience attention (Nicolaides & Singleton, 1991). This movie goes into detail and shows the life of three young males living in the hood of Los Angeles battling a life surrounded by drugs, violence, and questions of race.
The poem A Step Away From Them by Frank O’Hara has five stanzas written in a free verse format with no distinguishable rhyme scheme or meter. The poem uses the following asymmetrical line structure “14-10-9-13-3” while using poetic devices such as enjambment, imagery, and allusion to create each stanza. A Step Away From Them occurs in one place, New York City. We know this because of the lines, “On/ to Times Square, / where the sign/blows smoke over my head” (13-14) and “the Manhattan Storage Warehouse.” (line 43) The actions introduced in the first stanza confirm that it is a city even further: “for a walk among the hum-colored cabs. First, down the sidewalk where laborers feed their dirty glistening torsos sandwiches and Coca-Cola, with yellow helmets on.
Dove structures her poem into three distinct stanzas each with a different subject of focus; this structure develops a storyline plot that makes the poem flow more smoothly and allows the meaning of the poem to be deeper than just recounting an experience. I mimicked the structure and storyline plot in my poem because it presents the issue in a methodical and clear order and also enables me to develop the deeper meaning of my poem. In the first stanza, she expresses that she wants space alone to think, but is surrounded by reminders of her role as a mother everywhere, so she decides to retreat to nature. Similarly, in my first stanza I introduce the problem of ethnic identity that I faced in this situation: that I feel strangled by all the expectations that are directly and indirectly put on me in the from the highly competitive Metropolitan society in which I was raised. I am constantly reminded of what society thinks I should be achieving and doing as a female, high school student and try out for the cross-country team to try to escape.
This couple seemed to have a great morning within their normal life until “we open eyelids on our pitiful share of time” (Kennedy 9). The speaker was referring to the film image from the first stanza, as one couple is waking up to a perfect life another is hurling out of a building to their death. The overall theme shows how innocence can be stripped, and in a split
As described in the first line, she is a schoolgirl, and in combination with this quote, provides imagery of a small girl running through the forest. This image, inherently seen as playful and almost wild, lends support to Oliver’s tone. She continues by telling the reader that she “[spends] all summer forgetting what [she had] been taught.” This is perhaps the most powerful line of the stanza, because it shows her letting go of all the expectations, memorizations and obligations she had learned and
The first stanza starts off as a setting of September’s day in New York as of the beginning of the poem as well. The speaker announces the weather condition of September speaking of how it’s lovely in New York, the sky returned to baby blue, the breeze now mild as breath” (lines 1-3), and he uses comparisons and imagery to picture an everyday occurrence an ordinary day could have. The simile, “the breeze now mild as breath” (lines 2-3) is comparing just how typical and
In stanza 3 states “But I hung on like death,” uses simile. It benefits the cause of alcohol that soon becomes tragic for the son. He’s gotten used to it that being abused, death can affect him. Additionally it touches people's ideas to illuminate the true meaning of the poem and to create a negative picture in the reader's mind that is shown by the son of an abusive father. In stanza 13 through 14, “You beat time on my head with a palm caked hard by dirt.” It creates a picture that the father is a working man that takes the aggression out on his son.