Truly successful poets have the ability to convey their own thoughts and makes us think deeply about things in life without having to tells us to do so. In the poem “All Eyez On U”, Nikki Giovanni does just this. Through the use of stylistic elements such as diction,details, and imagery, Nikki Giovanni shows her dislike of the white race, blames, and shames the white race for supposedly killing Tupac, forcing crime, and framing the blacks. Giovanni uses diction to aid her political statement by over using words such as us,them and they referring to the blacks as us, and the whites as they. Giovanni starts the poem off stating that she is restlessly thinking why “2Pac is not with us”(Giovanni 3) [emphasis added].
Rhetorical Analysis on Border Patrol States After a bad experience with border patrol agents Leslie Silko, a Native American writer felt the need to fight back in the only way she knew possible, by writing “Border Patrol States.” She eloquently writes an article that is timeless and relatable even today about the unjustness people feel at the border checkpoints. Silko’s article is able to pull feeling from the audience through the use of multiple rhetorical devices. It’s clear while reading the article that Silko was raw with emotion while writing the piece, but the article falls short in the author's overuse of pathos and limited evidence to support her claim. Silko begins building her argument with anecdotal evidence and reputable sources, citing convincing facts, and successfully utilizes emotional appeals; however her attempts to appeal to readers’ emotions weaken her credibility and ultimately, her argument. Throughout the essay Silko provides anecdotal evidence and facts to support her
Oned biographer, Arnold Rampersad, even went as far as calling Hughes “.. the most representative black American writer” This statement is made to ring true through the literary works Harlem  and PhD. In Harlem , the speaker reflects upon the lies told in the past, the “old kicks in the back”, and the times he/she was told to “be patient” in the face adversity, and racism. The tone is rather hostile as the speaker details the ways in which racism impacts his/her life. “Sure we remember” ‘We remember the job we never had, Never could get And can’t have now Because we’re colored.” the speaker goes on to detail the daily increase of the pricing on goods like bread and cigarettes. The speaker goes on, and suddenly, the tone shifts in the direction of sadness.
Claudia Rankine a renown poet, uses her novel “Citizen: An American Lyric” to discuss issues of race and imagination. Claudia Rankine is an absolute master of poetry and uses her gripping accounts of racism, through poetry to share a deep message. Claudia Rankine uses poetry to correlate directly to accounts of racism making Citizen a profound experience to read. Not only is this poetic novel a vision of her world through her eyes, Rankine uses the experiences of Americans whose color has rendered them invisible to the many who are privileged enough to be blind and not note racism as a large issue in America. Claudia Rankine articulates the use of you and further emphasizes the larger meaning of the title Citizen and recognizing that word through societal issues.
As can be seen during this performance, Sylvia Plath challenged the roles and values of her time through her decisions and her poems. Despite being raised in a unitarian family, she embraced the heathen and metaphysical. From the outside it looked like she met societies expectations of a woman but the double in her poems revealed what Sylvia really thought of these expectations. Plath’s poem Mirror is a notable example of this doubling. It combines all her opinions and displays them in full view while deceiving the reader through her use of diction and various forms of poetic devices such as personification and metaphorical language.
This affected the composition because it highlighted the poor conditions of migrant workers which eventually lead to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt supporting the book and having congressional hearings held about those conditions. 2. Form, Structure, and Plot: In The Grapes of Wrath every other chapter switches from a narrative chapter to an intercalary chapter. The inter chapters describe the events taking place and provide more
Toomer experienced many conflicts, internally and externally, which he processed in his writings, poetry became another channel for his thoughts. Kenneth Rexroth, a painter and poet labeled as a radical through association, hailed Toomer as the most important African American poet. Toomer’s poems were written almost like a dance, often beginning and closing with a similar stanza. His poetry gives a surreal feeling in each line, but they often describe some brutally honest events that many people will experience in their lifetime. In example, Toomer’s poem, “Her Lips Are Copper Wire” describes a rebellion against being silenced, “then with your tongue remove the tape/and press your lips to mine/till they are incandescent” followed by a tale of bright passion (PoemHunter V5).
The hate poem by Julie Sheehan struck my attention starting with the first time I read it, I immediately thought that I could relate to this poem. Julie Sheehan has quite a few pieces that I had read because of my initial interest in the hate poem but none of the other poems I have read have been as relatable as this one. Julie had many different forms and ways of showing her hate for the person or people that she is talking about. She helped to show me that you can take almost anything happy and put it into a hate poem in someway, which is quite funny when you read the poem. “I dissect you cell by cell, so that I might hate each one individually and at leisure.” (Hate Poem, Sheehan).
Chopin is a forward thinking author who wrote for women and minorities. Racism and gender bias are problems that have continued to persist in our society despite activism attempting to rid our world of it. Identity is another problem many people have trouble muddling through. Chopin tackles relevant issues she witnessed in her lifetime of racism, gender bias, and identity issues utilizing the literary elements of foreshadowing, irony, symbolism, figures of speech, misleading of the reader, imagery, and setting; the literary devices assist in emphasizing the expectations Armand feels he must live up to because of the responsibility of his wealthy, powerful name by exacting a harsh rule on his slaves, commanding absolute supremacy over women,
Meena Alexander believes in poetry as political activism: her poetry often deals with conflicts and unrest, cities at the edge of war, episodes of discrimination, and so on. In an interview with Ruth Maxey, the poet admits that history conspires against the writing of poetry (Alexander 2009, 190). Many American poets have tried to do away with history, and to break the chains that still linked them to tradition, and to the old canon of British poetry. Alexander mentions Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose notion of self-reliance, which she interprets as reinvention of the self, “exhilarated” her (2009, 3). Chapter first of this study is entitled Identity which offers the theoretical framework of the term identity and the elements of identity in her works and try to find out her own identity.
Sojourner Truth, a women’s rights activist and an abolitionist, had arrived to a women’s rights convention in hopes of convincing men and women for equity between the two. With an intent to shed light of the prejudice women were facing at the time, she recited her speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” and garnered much attention, so much so that she is now considered a historical figure. In fact, her speech explaining the injustice of the behavior toward women is still very much relevant today; one culture it is certainly pertinent to is Armenia. Armenia rests in the South Caucasus and is situated between the Black and Caspian Seas; it verges on the north and east by Georgia and Azerbaijan, and on the south and west by Iran and Turkey. The culture is,
The similarities I have found between Combahee River Collective Statement and this week’s writers are they both working on the issue of sexism and the problem of racism within the feminist movement. For example, the open letter of Audre Lorde to Mary Daly is condemning her why she did not include the experiences and the voices of women of color in her written work that she sent to Audre Lorde. The Black feminist in Combahee River Collective Statement are also publicly addressing issue of racism in the white women’s movement. In one of their statement, they said that they are aware that white women movement are putting little effort to recognize and battle their racism. The women of color deal with more problems compared to white women, but their problem are mostly being ignored and not given importance by the white feminist