Literary Techniques and Overall Meaning Poetry is a very important and respected type of literature, and one that covers a vast range of topics. Some of the most impressive and response-invoking poems are those that cover more sensitive topics, such as discrimination and racism. Discrimination is a topic not overwhelmingly seen in poetry, but often very interesting to read. Author Sekou Sundiata creates a prime example of this in “Blink Your Eyes.” In the poem, he speaks about racism in the law, as well as how you are treated in society depends on your skin color. The poem is not good to read only because of its subject, however.
Through the years, these literature artists have experienced many cultural injustices. Leonard’s poem “Six O’clock News” and Agard’s poem “Half-Caste” embody their cultural difficulties and experiences, and are both explicit pieces of cultural identity and how these people are looked upon by society. The meanings of these poems will be discussed and examined in depth in this essay. The structures of these two poems are very similar, but also very different. ‘Six O’clock News’ can be described as a rant, written in a single, unbroken verse with little punctuation.
In this sense, the title paves the way for the main theme of the poem which is the difficulty of forgetting the miserable life of the ghettos. In addition, anger plays an important role in the poem, although it is not expressed in a direct way, but it is the reason why Kimel cannot forget. At the beginning of the poem, he seems confused and miserable. But his tone gradually changes since he gets angry and more determined rather than just being sad and perplexed. The poem seems to be like an interior monologue in which Kimel reveals his thoughts and internal conflict using first person pronouns.
To what extent does an individual's background play a role in the success that they will likely achieve? Certain elements such as race, color, gender, and social status are beyond human control and yet they play such a vital role in shaping our future. The two poems by Claude McKay, “The Lynching” and “ The Harlem Dancer” touch on the idea of society constructed around a hierarchical pyramid. These poems represent an individual who is in a state of humiliation as one is a victim of sexism while the other endures racial attacks. McKay provides two poems that contribute to the overall theme of human cruelty and the degree that which fate impacts our lives.
“Half-Caste” by John Agard & “Island Man” by Grace Nichols Comparison Essay “Island Man” and “Half Caste” are two poems written by John Agard and Grace Nichols. Even though they have different purposes, structure and language, both present the theme of identity. In this essay I am going to be comparing characteristics such as purpose, theme, structure, emotions and poetic techniques in analysing these two texts. Both poems have a distinct purpose. In the poem “Half-Caste” John Agard confronts the audience directly regarding their personal opinions and/or beliefs concerning the term “half-caste” or people of mixed heritage.
Compare and contrast essay The two sets of poems share the same topic which is living through war, but they have different tones, diction, settings and symbols. Poetry set one views war as a way of gaining honor while set two claims that it’s a waste of lives and all these opposing ideas are due to the different timeline. Tone and diction are one of the most important elements in poetry, because tone is the general character or attitude of a place in a piece of writing, while diction is the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing. They can be simply differentiated in general terms as the way or style of speech of a person and the different pitches expressed due to the different emotions being experienced by him/her during speaking which I will go further in detail by the end of this essay. Each poem in poetry set one and poetry set two has a different setting to express the main idea of the poem.
Both poems explore the idea of renewed hope that relationships bring either by starting a new one or ending an old one, while employing different stanza length, and creating different moods in the minds of the reader. The most obvious difference in poetic usage by both authors is mood. In “I’ll Open the Window” by Anna Swir, the mood is dark with the use of quotes such as “I am an animal.” and “I hear bones grind, I see our two skeletons.” These quotes from the poem contribute to the feeling that the speaker now detests the relationship between the speaker and her past loved one. She
There are many controversies and interpretations surrounding this novel. Some argue that it is a story about going from invisibility to visibility, from ignorance to enlightenment through the naming of the self and identity (Neighbors). Yet others like Gene Bluestein argue that it is a story that through the blues shows the story of the American identity and equality (Bluestein). I will mostly agree with Bluestein that this novel does show obvious “bluesy” tendencies since it backs my understanding of the novel which is a story, like Neighbors said, about coming “from ignorance to
He is able to emphasize the message of the poem through his own personal voice as the speaker. McKay uses shifts in tone as a device to demonstrate his love hate relationship with his country as well. At some points of the poem, he has a positive outlook, where in other portions he seems to be negative about the future. McKay also personifies America as a whole in order to make the offenses against him seem even more personal. All of these elements combined make the theme of hope that the poet emphasizes stronger.
By using “travel companions,” writers are trying not only to acquaint the the reader with racial issues but to show HOW these issues affect others in society. The extent and of the problem and the contexts of the encountered problems are different. In the poem, while narrator doesn 't explicitly discuss the issue of racial discrimination, she describes this problem as " life long practice.” On the other hand, author of the second text, explicitly detests what she has seen in the Johannesburg, but it 's her “first time