Poetry can take on many forms, but it always has one common goal: to impact the reader in ways they have never been impacted before. A single poem can mean something different to every reader and even the poet. People read to poems to find humor, joy, solidarity, and comfort. Being a poet means being a guide for an audience much bigger than themselves, but it also means being true to oneself. Maya Angelou used poetry to impact the lives of many people and for that she is one of the most influential poets to this day.
It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, them into idea, then into more tangible action.” As Alike struggled with being able to come out to her family she kept a notebook full of writings that she only shared with her advisor. In the beginning of the film when she read her work to her advisor she told her it was okay, just average. As the film progresses she experiences a lot more hardships and life changing moments that help shape her. She using her writing it express all of her emotions. She expresses her sufferings and fears, while also expressing her new strengths and contentment with life.
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.
Celie begins to show a self realization when she talk about Shug. When Celie writes “And then, just when I know I can live content without Shug.” A metaphor how Celie had learned from their conversation, you don’t need love an other to be happy. Throughout the novel Celie expresses a love for Shug, a different emotion that she has felt compared to anyone else. A love that gave her hope and confidence to live her life. Celie realizes that she only needs to love herself, to be who she wants to be.
In “Invictus,” William Henley uses a first person narrative to describe oneself experiencing extreme pain and suffering; he advances to describing how one overcomes the pain and suffering. When Henley speaks of the different aspects of one's’ life, he uses proper words and terminology that a reader can understand and that is the goal of his diction- to make the poem relatable and real. In “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark,” Emily Dickinson transitions between multiple perspectives in her narration, at some points she will use
Her word structure makes it so that the audience know this essay is about her, and that she has gone through much pain and suffering on this matter. She would constantly use words like, I, like when she states, “I am a cripple,” or “I chose this word to name me,” or “I have long grown accustomed to them.” This emphasizes that she is the main subject, and that the entire essay will be about her.
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.
After reading about Rosario Castellanos we can recognize she was and continues to be one of the most influential writers of her time. Unquestionably, her voice as a poet, essayist, novelist and in general as a woman, served to express her disagreement with the condition of women at a universal and individual level. In several ways, she was able to carefully highlight one of the main issues in every society and that’s gender inequality. Not only that, but her peculiarity when it came to writing was another thing that distinguished her from all the others, and this is based on her constant use of irony and humor in most of her literary work. However, her approach to using humor and irony never detracted from her main purpose as a female writer, which revolved around the criticism of the political and patriarchal oppression.
They dull my eyes”. The personification here helps the reader better comprehend what the speaker looks like. With the amount of hardships they have gone through and the “wrinkles” on their face, it is presumed to be an elder speaking. The last line of the poem brings a whole new aspect to the poem saying “I keep on dying, Because I love to live.” This is such a powerful line that gives reason to all of the sorrows through the speaker’s life. The speaker explains that she loves to live.
Viewing “Perhaps the World Ends Here” from a psychological perspective gave me insight in to why Harjo would deliver a poem with such an inspiring moral. Harjo’s life defines the word “effort” and “Perhaps the World Ends Here” is a summarization of her life. Knowing how she achieved her many accomplishments regardless of the mental pressure she must have received due to her social status allows me to have deeper recognition for Harjo and her work. Her work emphasizes