Is ist possible to hate something so much that you soon begin to love it? In the poem " America" written by Claud Mckay, Mckay does just that. McKay uses powerful words to express his feelings about America. In doing this Claude McKay uses literary elements such as personification, similes, and iron to discuss the love and hate he has for the country he lives in. McKay discusses the struggles of living in a country field with Kate. McKay have fun using the literary device personification. He almost use of personification in every line. He says " Although she feeds me bread of bitterness" .(line 1) In this line McKay uses words like "she" to refer to America. He give the country America human characteristics by saying "she feeds" or "her vigor flaws". ( line 5) perhaps McKay give America …show more content…
There are quite a few similes that McKay uses within this poem. "Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood". McKay uses the (line 8) words "like" and "sweeps" to compare how America destroys anything and everything that gets in her way just as a flood destroy and sweep away anything that gets in its way. He uses quotes like "stealing my breath of life.... giving me strength erect against her hate" to express that even though America is filled with hate and tries to slowly kill him, Americans still give him strength to keep living and rise above the hate. He uses this some leaves to give his audience of you on what America was like in the 1920s as an African American man. The last literary element that McKay uses its irony. "And she sinks into my throat hervtiger's teeth, stealing my breath of life... I love this cultured hell that test my youth."( Line 2-4) it is ironic how much I can love something that constantly trys to kill and destroy him. "I stand
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Betty Lenora states, “It’s not what’s going on but how we are looking at what is going on that matters”. In Brenda Miller’s essay, “The Date” she vividly depicts a single woman battling her conscious as she prepares for a date. Miller does this by featuring a self argument every paragraph. The arguments begin with her questioning herself and then furthering into dismembering each thought one by one. Miller also utilizes devices such as repetition, anecdotes, strong diction, and personification.
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There are two arguments being made in the poem, one by the first speaker and one by the second speaker. The argument being made by the first speaker is that American dream is their reality, everyone is treated with the utmost respect. This person is a patriot, a person who believes that what America (or any country) was and always will be a free country. This person is simple minded, this person doesn't see the whole picture, this person doesn't see that thousands are left poor and starving because they were equal to others and that they don't have the same freedom as others. The second speaker strongly disagrees with the first speaker, this person knows as a fact that him/her and their people feel as if America was America, this person keeps
Clair alludes to the locusts and uses it as visual imagery for the empty and dry summer. Maxine Clair’s passage “Cherry Bomb” is about an adult narrator’s reminiscence of her fifth grade summer. Clair develops a lighthearted tone to portray the young and innocent narrator. As the passage develops Clair manipulates a multitude of literary devices like imagery,diction, and alludes to biblical stories to illustrate the experiences of the
Jimmy Santiago Baca’s poem, “Green Chile,” is in the first person because the poem that is being told is from his life experience and he uses words like I and my. The title of the poem is Green Chile because Santiago’s grandmother loves green chile. Although Jimmy loves red chile, when he goes to his grandmother's house he eats the green chile that she makes even though if he prefers red chile instead of the green chile. The reason being is because for the family you sacrifice the things you love for them. There were different poetic devices used throughout the poem.
The poem “The Vacuum” by Howard Nemerov tells the life of an old man after the horrific loss of his wife. His wife did everything he could ever imagine for him. She was his heart and soul and didn’t know what to do without her. The man saw her as his hero. Throughout the poem the man struggles to keep his emotions in as he thinks his wife soul has traveled to inside the vacuum.
In the 1800’s, America was the subject of many romantic visions and musings. The British and East Coasters alike saw everything west of Appalachia as a wild wonderland: home to cowboys, adventure, and opportunity. Oscar Wilde, a renowned British author and satirist, voyaged across America to test the truth of these claims. Afterwards, he published his findings and opinions in a piece known as Impressions of America. In the piece, he makes it clear that America did not live up to his expectations, and would disappoint his readers as well.
McKay uses similes, metaphors, personification, and juxtaposition in his poem America. Throughout his whole poem McKay is making America sound like it is a person which is personification. Then in the first sentence McKay says “Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,” and that is a metaphor because America is not really feeding him nasty, and old bread but America is showing hatred towards him, and everything that he does.
McKay uses metaphor to describe the violent and aggressive actions of the whites. In line 3, McKay says, "While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot." (McKay). He is fed up with the way they're acting in the section that is specifically segregated for blacks. He wants the blacks to stand up for themselves.
As McKay’s piece shows the discrimination that black women faced during that time, Johnson’s piece “Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem” (1927), implies her character going against white supremacy. This somehow seems to threaten the “scorn” which can erase the contributions of the white man to society. Johnson’s character is described going against these “white” ideas by refusing to be like them. His culture described as “barbaric” is what makes him special and “too splendid for the city
I, too, am America.” In other words, the man represented in the poem is saying that he will not allow others to force him to do something that he does not want do; he also wants to make it known that he should be treated like every other American. Consequently, this proves how America has advanced in the area of equality and freedom given that minorities spoke up for their rights. There is no doubt that we have met the goal of being more fair and