In “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Dunbar, the poet talks about human sorrow due to racism and it is demonstrated through symbolism, allusions, and personification. “We wear the mask that grins and lies” is symbolism because masks have long been used for deception or protection. In this poem, it is used as symbolism for both. In Dunbar’s poem, he describes everyone as needing these masks to hide their true feelings from the rest of the world and as personal protection from the views of others. “… O great Christ...” in line ten is an allusion to Jesus Christ.
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].
rages on about Tobbit defending himself by being “...married to a fine, intelligent Negro girl” (468). His anger at being offered Pork Chops depicts the paranoia of knowing you’re different from your surroundings. The narrator’s rampant emotions are the middle men when getting the message to the readers. If the scenes from the book simply happened without any lashing out on the narrator’s part the subtleties of their prejudice would go unnoticed more often than not. In 1952 , when Invisible man was published, the phrase “you people” would have gotten little more than a second glance if not for I.M.’s reaction to the blatant division of the races.
The poem is not good to read only because of its subject, however. The use of repetition and symbolism in “Blink Your Eyes” adds more depth to the poem, and highlights the societal issues that the author and others of his race have felt. Use of repetition in poetry directs the reader 's attention to that word or phrase, as Sundiata does in “Blink Your Eyes.” Along with how the stanzas are formed, the repetition used sets a pace to the poem. In the first stanza, Sundiata writes “thru a red light red light red light” (Sundiata 503). The use of repetition here is smart, because the “red light” that is spoken of has two meanings and is crucial to the overall theme of the poem.
“The worst prisons were not constructed of warped steel and stone. They were carved out of expectations and lies, judgement and corruption” (Kelseyleigh Reber). Reber may have felt this way, but she is not alone in this feeling. There are many authors that have this common theme in their stories. Charlotte Perkins demonstrates this in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” She shines a harsh light on the ill reality of society in this time period.
Robert Colescott was known for transgressively playing with themes of race and sex, he was very politically aware. His work first started getting attention when he did a series of painting that recreated iconic paintings and reimagined them with black figures. Lightning Lipstick was painted in 1994, when looking at it alongside the article by Khanna one could argue that the “One-Drop Rule” was (and is) playing a part in how race is view, more specifically, how biracial people are viewed. One could argue that Colescott could be addressing what he saw in his own life. He is using Lightning
Let me mix into your bloodline.” Which to me shows me the idea of how interracial relationships are somewhat seen as bad or frowned upon because of the two parties coming from different backgrounds of life an the most visible one is by the way a person looks whether that be facial features, accent or color of skin an this poem I believe is not only limited to African Americans I believe the use of the word “mutant” is for all races. This fits into Jacksons book “Missing you Metropolis” which I believe has a theme of how we as a human race collectively are afraid to interact on emotional level with the other races. In Alexies book the speaker leans towards an idea of a relationship that has been very long and is almost a one sided affair in which one side dictates what the other side does, setting limitations on what the other person can do or have but also giving the other party a feeling that they are well taken care of as long as they do not over step the boundaries that have been set for them. In my opinion I think the speaker is trying to show how the government treated the Indians when they first came to north
“On The Subway” by Sharon Olds In “On the Subway” by Sharon Olds, she explains and gives insights of the experiences she encounters between both worlds ( people without color and colored people), using literary devices such as: tone,imagery, and poetic devices. First, the author uses poetic devices such as metaphor and allusion, to give insights on the contrasts of both worlds . She uses metaphor to describe the way they took in each other’s appearance: “I look at his raw face and he looks at my fur coat.”By comparing his “face” to being “raw” shows the sufferings and hardships the boy goes through. Her “fur coat” shows destruction because the fur comes out of animal skin. Consequently, “ On The Subway” Sharon
The word “Apophenia” means, the spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness of unrelated phenomena. Quiñones reveals disturbing truths about intimate relationships through imagery, episodic line breaks, and emotional undercurrents. The result is an unsettling poem on the realities of a toxic intimate relationship. The use of first person in Apophenia gives an intimate perspective into the life of the main character. The speaker shares vulnerable revelations that reveal the disturbing nature of her relationship with men, “I was taught to never look a man in the mouth (4).” This line plays on the phrase “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, which demonstrates the subservient nature she is taught where she is unable to question
Pearl takes on many symbols and serves great purpose. In The Scarlet Letter is merely a symbol in the story, her function is to remind Hester of her sin which affects her role in the story to become more antagonistic to Hester. Pearl is a character, yes, but in the novel, she is mostly a symbol. The way Hawthorne writes her, she is not like a regular person, and she 's not