Selma 1965 Gloria Larry House Analysis

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The poem “Selma 1965” was written by Gloria Larry house who was a African American human rights activist. She was able to describe with the poem conditions and occurrences during the march. There are many poetic devices used to better explain the situation such as similes “ripped hem hanging like a train”. Other devices used include metaphors, rhythmic words and imagery. An example of metaphor “ tattered angels of hope”, rhythmic words "Before I 'd be a slave, I 'd be buried in my grave", and imagery “Dancing the whole trip”. Words being used such as ripped, ghosts, and rain-rutted gives the poem an ominous tone. The poem helps better understand conditions at the march because it gives from first point of view.

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