I really like the way she describes the wood. She could have said covered or frosted but she chooses caked. This is where her husband enters the poem. “His back in a snug plaid shirt”(16) is describing how she sees her husband. We can also see a change in the tone of the poem as well.
Mother to Son is mostly alike to (WAK) because in the picture it shows the mother and son bonding. In the poem Harlem it talks about a dream coming true or not coming true, which does not compare to the picture. Also in I Too it seems like its talking about African Americans having the same rights as other race. This also does not compare to the picture.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a famous African-American poet, who was born in Missouri and was a part of the Harlem renaissance. He created this famous poem called, 'Mother to son' that was published in 1922 in a dialect form. This poem is about a mother who is giving strong, fierce, and positive advice to her son about life. It connects to not only the mothers who have kids but to the society who fought through hard times to get to where they are at now. In the 'Mother to son' poem, Hughes uses symbolism and imagery to convey the meaning of life and prove what it means to move forward and not give up in the political and social identity of this world called America.
In the text it states, “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom” (Angelou stanza 6). In other words, the poem symbolizes the relationship between Sarny and John. Sarny had been a slave her whole life and always dreamed of an education. John answered her song by teaching her the importance of literature. This shows that because of John’s noble act, Sarny began to hope for a better future.
Both the epigraph of the book and the first message that appears on Phoebe's doorstep read "don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins." Sal takes this advice to heart throughout the book, using her visualizations of other people's lives both to inform her own experience and to increase her compassion for others. By placing herself in Mrs. Winterbottom's shoes, Sal generates ideas about how her own mother may have felt at moments in her life. When Sal grows angry with Phoebe, she finds herself wondering if her father feels the same way toward her at times. Sal's ability to envision the stories of others allows her to empathize with Margaret Cadaver, who lost her husband in a car accident, and consequently to put her childish
The Girl is a poem that was written by Jamaica Kincaid in 1978. In the poem it talks about a parent telling a child what all to do, and how to do it. Some of the material discussed is how to wash the clothes, how to smile at someone you like, and how to set the table. While there are some similarities between the training of the child presented in the poem to my training, most of the training discussed was completely different from mine growing up and how I would want to raise my own kids. The following is a list of some of the similarities between the teachings in the poem and my parents' teachings.
Jimenez consistently breaks down how and why is family is where they are in the text, while creatively telling his origin story. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a memoir told in verse. It details Woodson’s feelings of being stuck between South Carolina and New York. The memoir uses poems to illustrate growing up as an African American during the time of the Civil Rights movement in America. In addition, it chronicles Woodson’s struggles with literacy and eventual accomplishments.
In her short story “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker takes up what is a recurrent theme in her work: the representation of the harmony as well as the conflicts and struggles within African-American culture. “Everyday Use” focuses on an encounter between members of the rural Johnson family. This encounter––which takes place when Dee (the only member of the family to receive a formal education) and her male companion return to visit Dee’s mother and younger sister Maggie––is essentially an encounter between two different interpretations of, or approaches to, African-American culture. Walker employs characterization and symbolism to highlight the difference between these interpretations and ultimately to uphold one of them, showing that culture and heritage are parts of daily life. The opening of the story is largely involved in characterizing Mrs. Johnson, Dee’s mother and the story’s narrator.
As the reader, I look down into the poem as she begins to list the recipients of love. Love belongs to the you “teaching your parents how to do the Dougie/changing policies.” Discovering that we all stand to “witness to each other’s tenderness” and appreciation of unity through the troubling times. The poem recommends a life of love in moments of mania and mildness. Similarly, “The Letter to Birmingham Jail” calls for justice for true unity of
Lucille Clifton became interested in writing at a young age and had her first book of poems published in 1969. Her pieces focused mainly on African American Heritage and culture. In her text, Study the Masters, Lucille said, “If you had heard her chanting as she ironed you would understand form and line and discipline and order and America,” (pg. 915, line 12). A major theme of this poem is that although historical precedence is necessary, society still needs to learn to make their own
Code talker, by Joseph Bruchac is a book in which talks about a young mans life. The book is ideally meant to be for his grandchildren to read later on in the future. The author, Joseph talks about a young Navajo’s story and the battle he had to go through before and after the World War. Kii Yazhi, the main character, is courageous, Intelligent, and determined. His mother in the book is acknowledged as “mother” she is a sweet lady and caring about her son as well as the other Navajo people.