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Sharon Old's Poem On The Subway

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In Sharon Old’s poem “On The Subway”, she contrasts both worlds of the African American male and white women through literary techniques such as imagery and similies.

Old’s uses imagery to bring a contrast to the two characters in the poem. The white woman describes the man as having “the casual look of a mugger” to let the reader understand the mindset of the white woman being at first afraid of him. The lady wonders whether the African American male has a sort of advantage over her based on his appearance, and the way he appears to be carrying himself while on the subway. The lady also contrasts the different ways both of them are dressed while sitting on this subway. She notices that “his feet are in huge, black sneakers laced with white
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