Mark Ledezma English Literature Professor Acker March 21, 2018 Phillis Wheatley Critical Response Based on what if read about Phillis Wheatley, it talks about how Phillis Wheatley expresses her life as an enslaved African American through a poem, how she astonishes authors about her achievements and determination of being the only African American to learn to read and write at that time and how she has inspired other authors and African American people. In my opinion I would agree about how she astonishes author on her achievements and determination and how she expresses her life in the form of a lyric poem. The first reason why if agree with this article is because Phillis wheatley shows others authors about the life of an enslaved African
Angelou uses these poetic devices to emphasise her message to readers. The poem 'Still I Rise ' utilises poetic devices to communicate the message of how her oppressors will not prevent her moving forward. Stanza eight of the poem uses personification to convey her message to readers. The line 'Out of the huts of history 's shame ' uses personification. Angelou personifies history by giving it the human emotion of shame.
The poem uses diction that explain the dramatic situation of the poem. The speaker narrates that the song makes men “leap overboard in squadrons.” She goes farther ahead to explain that even though people may have listened to it, all those who listened to the song are died. The readers are invited to learn the secrets from the siren with the promise that they will get her out of the “bird suit.” The Siren claims that, she is fed up with being a siren and she admits that she does not like her looks that is “Picturesque and mythical.” She invites us to get closer so that we can learn her secrets. She says that since we are unique unlike them. She believes that we are the ones with
Puck, a fairy, turned Bottom’s head into an ass’s head because Oberon, the fairy king, wanted his wife, Titania, to fall in love with something ugly. In my opinion, this is the best example of dramatic irony because it is exciting. This is also my favorite example. Wilkins 2 Another example of dramatic irony is when both, Lysander and Demetrius, fell in love with Helena. At first, Helena has been in love with Demetrius, but he was in love with Hermia.
To emphasize this hopelessness, she repeats from earlier that the bird’s wings are clipped, and his feet are tied. Stevenson weighs in on the issue saying, “hopelessness is present in poor, African American communities because of the outcomes for people in their demographic” ("We Need to Talk About an Injustice"). As African Americans have been taken advantage of, the only option remaining has been to sing for freedom against the oppressive forces, which they understand they must do, in order to strive for justice. He sings in the midst of racism and judgment and is heard on the distant hill. The repetition of “fearful trill” (“Caged Bird” 16, 32) indicates the significance of fear that Angelou implies in the voice of the caged bird.
Sara Teasdale was an American born lyrical poet whose work focused on expressing a woman’s changing perspective on beauty, love, life, and death during the time of the Gilded Age in America. Many of her works were thought to portray her own perspective on said topics. Later in life, Teasdale struggled with her mental health and, as a result of this, depression eventually caused her to take her own life at forty-nine years old (“Sara Teasdale”). Teasdale’s bleak view of her own life during her later years is mirrored in “Barter” as the speaker expresses clear feelings of regret; as described in the poem, the speaker believes that she herself has not lived her life to the full extent. Through imagery, tone change, and an extended metaphor, Teasdale supports her vital message to the reader that one must take full advantage of the wonders of life before the opportunity to do so becomes no longer achievable.
Dove believes “putting these private events” alongside historical events makes the personal and historical equally important. This is seen in one of her most famous works, Thomas & Beulah, which focus on her maternal grandparents.With being a successful poet, Dove has created throughout her works, whether a poem or a play gives “the experience of connectedness [which] gives pleasure, even if what it is connecting us to is a moment of grief” (Arizona Board of Regents). Dove is able to “weave African-American experience into the broader perspective of international culture reflecting drama, commitment to social justice and sensitivity to women's issues” (qtd from The Library of Congress). Dove is a contemporary poet able to create dramatic pieces out of serious topics easy and enjoyable to
They also portray historically accurate information with a bit of creepiness to the tale. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, she precisely recounts the 1930s south with a story of a young girl finding the truth about life and society. Other sources such as poems in the Southern Gothic genre also convey relatable stories that demonstrate the traditional southern culture. Violence in the 1930s were horrific especially towards blacks. Imprisonment was both figurative and literal not only in the South but everywhere.
First of all, the two poems Any Human to Another written by Countee Cullen (which was associated with the Harlem Renaissance) and Bowery Blues written by Jack Kerouac (which is associated with postmodernism) both have very deep and meaningful subject matter. Countee Cullen uses many metaphors in her poem to convey the emotions that she’s wants her readers to feel. She, in the beginning, believed that “your grief and [hers] must intertwine like the sea and river”
The bird “raven” is a bird of omen and notoriously croaks to warn death. Shakespeare uses the verb “hoarse” to show that the “raven” has been croaking to a great extent and wither that there will be copious amounts of death or the death will be substantial. This metaphor is powerful as it subtly informs the audience that regardless of the scenes to come, there will be a death, likely the death of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth then goes on to ask the spirits to “unsex” her. The use of this verb alongside a Jacobean audience’s mentality shows Lady Macbeth’s preparedness to remove her female qualities to gain the crown.