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.
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.
The fact that they had similar goals and somewhat similar experiences led them to use some similar poetic and rhetorical devices. For example, both Clifton and Sojourner use the rhetorical strategy of appealing to ethos. Sojourner’s speech is full of ethos. She repeatedly pointed out the immorality of slavery and the contradictions between how women were “supposed to be” treated and how she was treated. This is also somewhat the case in Clifton’s poem.
and Clifton's poem, “at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989,” exemplify the rhetorical and poetic devices that it takes to create social change within poetry. Initially, “Ain’t I a Woman?” and “at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989,” relate similarly through many aspects. There's resemblance seen through the diction and theme of these pieces. Truth mastered the art of public speaking.
In a review of Human Chain, Maria Johnston comments on the way in which Heaney's poetry centers on ‘sadness and loss'. With this comment in mind, write a close critical analysis of one poem you have studied from this volume. In the series ‘Album' Heaney creates a sensuous group of word pictures, which almost mimics the way in which a photo album is set out. In these word pictures, we can detect moments of anguish and regret.
June Jordan’s poetry is known for its immediacy and accessibility as well as its interest in identity and the representation of personal experiences. Her poetry is often deeply autobiographical, political and often displays a radical, globalized notion of solidarity amongst the worlds oppressed. “Poem about my rights” by the poet, June Jordan can be seen as spoken word poetry rather than page poetry where oral performance and repetition are used to convey her feelings and messages to the listeners. Poetry can be divided into two groups; written poetry and spoken word poetry. Written poetry, also known as page poetry, is written and is analysed by the reader.
Throughout her poetry she remains honest, painting an unflattering self-portrait through lyrical beauty, allowing us to empathize with her. One of the key ideas in Bishop’s poetry is a moment of epiphany, this is always supplemented with excellent, stark language. Through Bishop’s poetry it is evident that her childhood experiences had a very negative impact on her life. She portrays these negative experiences through ingenious, immaculate writing. My personal favourite is ‘Sestina’, her superb technical ability is shown in this poem.
The tone of the poem refers to the attitude of the poet as well as the poet’s emotional colouring of the poem. The tone of this poem is personal as she refers to “I” and “You” on a constant basis throughout the poem. She is also questioning the reader by the use of the words “you” which contributes to the personal tone of the poem. The overall tone of the poem is bitter, angry as well as self-confident. As you read the title of the poem and the repetition of the words “I rise” you realize that the poem’s tone is one of triumph and of winning.
The chapter also deals with the various types of violence including colonial violence, partition violence, state violence, religious violence, terrorism, aftermath of 9/11 and wars. The poet covers the racial and ethnic violence, Afghan war, massacre of Tiananmen Square, the Emergency rule, political struggle in Cambodia to exhibit her strong political interest. Third chapter entitled Language: Style, Diction and Devices bring out the creative style and language used by Meena Alexander. The texts open into new meaning out of a close reading of her memoir Fault Lines and two novels and few poems. The chapter interprets the prescribed works to specify the meaning of its language by analysis, paraphrase, and commentary on the obscure, ambiguous, and figurative stanzas.
Poetry Poetry is a type of literature that uses writing aesthetically to create a certain feel or emotion towards a topic. Nikki Giovanni, the poet of ‘The World is Not a Pleasant Place to Be’ and ‘Ego-Tripping’, uses these special techniques of writing to make her poetry speak to her readers. The two poems are connected with showing what the almighty power love has on your decisions but also on your life in general. At the same time, they are teaching you to be humble about your privileged accomplishments. Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville on June 7, 1943.
Anne Sexton utilizes similes and metaphors to help portray messages to her readers. She sprinkles similes throughout her poetry in order for her audience to better understand what she is trying to express as well as explain
In Alison Bechdel’s, Are You My Mother?, the reader is exposed to her internal struggles as she writes her mother’s memoir. The author uses both graphics and her dialogue to relate her story with her literary inspirations. The author uses many repeated images to display the relationship One image that stands out is that of Alison crying as the real image of who she is. This is a repeating image as she is trying to discover her true self.
Dog Star’s Narrator A character without a name may have some hidden character traits. Maybe they would have some secret regrets, such as the narrator in Dog Star written by Arthur Clarke. Although his name is never mentioned, he did express his flawed character traits. He was compassionate, contritely,and introverted.
Author reveals racism during Great Depression when Tom Robinson, a black defendant, is on trial in front of white jury. Author uses imagery to describe Mr. Gilmer's rage towards Tom Robinson and repeats "you felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her"(200). Emphasis is placed on the "you" and "her" of the quote stressing that if anyone was going to pity anyone it should be the other way around. Tom makes a mistake by saying that he felt sorry for a white woman when whites are suppose to be superior to blacks during that time. Author expresses that "the witness realized his mistake, and shifted uncomfortably in the chair"(200) to describe Tom's realization of his mistake that he has overstepped societal boundaries by showing sympathy for a