In Amiri Baraka’s “In Memory of Radio”, and Rita Dove’s “Roast Possum”, the idea of good vs evil is explored in the memories of bygone eras. The two poems revolve around recollections of past cultures. Baraka’s is mostly about different radio programs and people of the time while Dove’s is more of a folksy recounting of catching possums and talented horses. Like most memories, these poems exude nostalgia, whether it be the narrator in Baraka’s poem or Thomas in Dove’s. Unsurprisingly they both seem to be fond at times, and rather negative during others. In a way, good and evil seem to be fighting for control over the memories. In dove’s poem, a rather racist few lines say, “He could have gone on to tell them / that the Werner admitted Negro …show more content…
The time the narrator remembers in his poem is one where radio was a large part of life. Radio consisted of many programs that he enjoyed immensely. The best examples of these are the Red Lantern, and Let’s pretend. The two programs were adventurous, story telling series’. They brought people a lot of joy, and were cultural staples of the time. The narrator clearly enjoyed them and states he still does. WCBS and Kate Smith were also listened to by most. The poem examines also Lamont Cranston, a radio host known for The Shadow. The Shadow was a man who could become invisible and spy on men. The poem eventually says of him, “What was it he used to say (after the transformation when he was safe / & invisible & the unbelievers couldn't throw stones?) ‘Heh, heh, heh. / Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows (lines 22-24)’” Because of this, the narrator believes The Shadow to have been a divine character. He could observe men invisibly, a job previously thought to be only for god. This made The Shadow a force of good during the time period. Although the narrator reveals that only himself and Jack Kerouac, another famous beat writer, ever thought about him in such a way. The poem seems to take pride in the fact that the narrator experienced his bygone era in a different way than most. This in fact ties into the evil of the
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1. Alternating between two points of view, Ed’s and Lucy’s. Graffiti Moon follows former high school students as they travel around the city of Melbourne the night after graduation in search of the famous street artist Shadow. The two main characters, despite not being very fond of each other team up to search for Shadow.
David Dabydeen’s Turner, is a postcolonial response to the authors of colonial atrocities. Dabydeen attempts to convey within his poem a society haunted by the injustices of the past which have been denied recognition and redemption from the prosecutors and historians themselves. Drawing on theoretical concepts of postcolonialism, hauntology and mid-mourning, Dabydeen’s Turner, attempts to highlight the agony and powerlessness of those who were, currently, and will soon be subject to, to overcome the curse of past injustices. Focusing on the physical and psychological marks the colonial project placed and continues to place on the body and psyche of the drowned slave, the narrative of agency being gained through death is problematize. As summarized by Steph Craps, David Dabydeen’s Turner, is essentially a poem which brings to the attention to the reader the immortal presence of past injustices.
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In Sherman Alexie’s short story, “War Dances,” the narrator unravels in thoughts and takes us through events in his life. He picks up by speaking about a cockroach that ends up dying in his Kafka baggage from a trip to Los Angeles. The cockroach still appears many times throughout the story. The narrator spends quality time in the hospital with his father, who is recovering from surgery due to diabetes and alcoholism, all along the way while he, himself, discovers he might have a brain tumor, leading his right ear to talk about his father. Using a style of tragedy and care both incorporate together a symbolic story that would make even a plain reader feel touched, leading to the major occurrence of a theme of the importance of family.
From my heart to yours Did you know that your heart beats 73 times per minute, 4,320 per hour, 103,680 per day, 37,869,120 per year and approximately 3,500,000,000 per lifetime? It’s a lot, but do you think the heart Is just a shapeless muscle that doesn’t make any sound and only pumps blood in and out to all our body (except the corneas)? In this free verse poem Rita Dove talks about the heart literally, usually when people write about the heart they talk about the feelings they have in it, love, but for Rita it’s just one more muscle. In “Heart by Heart”, Rita Dove uses diction, hyperbole and metaphor to show that the heart is just a shapeless muscle that at the end feels love and if someone wants your heart then they´ll have to accept who you are.
Poetry Analysis Once the poem “History Lesson” was written numerous poetry foundations celebrated it for many reasons. “History Lesson” not only makes an impact on literature today it has also impacted people also. This poem inspires people and moves them to the point to where they can find a personal connection to the poem itself and to the writer. Not only does it hold emotional value for those who were victimized and those whose family were victimized by the laws of segregation, but the poem is also celebrated for its complexity. The poem uses many techniques to appeal to the reader.
Analysis on “Grape Sherbet” by Rita Dove The poem “Grape Sherbet”written by Rita Dove is about a child enjoying a homemade dessert on Memorial Day. Rita Dove,”was the youngest person and the first African-American to be appointed Poet Laureate Consultant by the Library of Congress. She has also won the Pulitzer for her book Thomas and Beulah.”(Biography.com Editors)“Grape Sherbet” is a unique poem with alliteration,metaphor,similes and an almost ,most hidden rhyme scheme.
Writing can change the way people see things. Words have the power to make something horrible seem good, or make an event in history seem very different than how it may have actually gone down. Throughout history, people have used words to empower and destroy people, to showcase something dark in a good light, or to show the darkness of a seemingly good event. One example of this is Andrew Jackson’s, On Indian Removal speech, and Michael Rutledge’s Samuel’s Memory.
He says that they see shadows. This is his illustration. The way that we can apply it is, to detainment facilities and different things that need different methods for support. You can likewise apply this in different social orders in today's time. In addition, another example of a rhetorical
In the poem “Treblinka Gas Chamber”, by Phyllis Webb and in the TRC’s “The History”, both texts share a common theme of inhumane treatment towards children within certain cultural and ethnical groups. While the two authors explore distinct historical contexts, both texts are centred on racial segregation with nationalistic motives. Phyllis Webb appeals to a logos strategy through the use of allusion. In her poem, “Treblinka Gas Chamber”, Webb presents fictional and historical examples to display her knowledge and establish her credibility.
Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese” was a text that had a profound, illuminating, and positive impact upon me due to its use of imagery, its relevant and meaningful message, and the insightful process of preparing the poem for verbal recitation. I first read “Wild Geese” in fifth grade as part of a year-long poetry project, and although I had been exposed to poetry prior to that project, I had never before analyzed a poem in such great depth. This process of becoming intimately familiar with the poem—I can still recite most of it to this day—allowed it to have the effect it did; the more one engulfs oneself in a text, the more of an impact that text will inevitably have. “Wild Geese” was both revealing and thought-provoking: reciting it gave me
“Night” is a poem by Hilda Doolittle better known as H.D. Born in Pennsylvania on September 10, 1998. The work of H.D was “characterized by the intense strength of her image economy of language and use of classical mythology”. Mythology is the myths of a group of people depending on each culture. While classical is a long established event or idea or also traditional, HD used traditional myths to create each poem. She was also the leader of the imagist movement which was very important at that time.
The speaker’s relationship with his “lost Lenore,” seems to be an unexpected one. Lenore is referred to as an angel, while the narrator is surrounded by ghosts and evil feelings. The feeling of terror which was felt when the narrator opened the door to find “darkness there and nothing more,” could have been reduced had a light been nearby to illuminate the hallway, but the importance of the darkness shows the audience that the lack of religion and prayers of the narrator are taking a toll on him, as the seemingly lack of religious beliefs Poe had also affected his life. Not only did Poe allude to the evil aspects of religions in this poem, but he also threw in a few allusions that make the audience question what Poe’s beliefs truly were. Poe alludes to the Hellenistic story of Pallas Athena in line 41, the narrator points out that this Raven is “perched upon a bust of Pallas,” Poe specifically chose Pallas because she and Lenore relate to each other in the ways that the two of them will only live on in their names.
Shadow theory is the understanding and analyzation of characteristics that the subject is unaware of: weaknesses, repressed ideas, desires, instincts, and shortcomings. The side of a any given personality which is not consciously displayed in public may have positive or negative qualities, and this is the Shadow self. When the Shadow remains unconscious, it causes problems for the person that holds that Shadow and the people that interact with them. Baker believes, “The Shadow self also embodies many darker aspects of the main character’s personality as well as deeply repressed impulses that aren’t always conspicuous to the reader” (1). When reading Hamlet, readers may not pick up on Hamlet’s Shadow.
Author Erica Funkhouser’s speaker, the child of the farm laborer, sets the tone in “My Father’s Lunch,” through their narrative recount of the lunch traditions set by their father preceding the end of a hard days worth of work. The lunch hour was a reward that the children anticipated; “for now he was ours” (14). The children are pleased by the felicity of the lunch, describing the “old meal / with the patina of a dream” (38-39) and describing their sensibilities as “provisional peace” (45). Overall, the tone of the poem is one of a positive element, reinforced by gratitude.