‘Refugee’ emphasises their escape from persecution, their loss of identity, their hopelessness. ‘Blues’ is originally a type of music, the type that is written out of a depressed state, a song of the African-American slaves. The poem explores the freedom of the natural world, in the contrast to the cruel, sealed, fate of the German Jews. Their disbelief is expressed—their bewilderment, gloominess and misery on politicians’ allowing of man’s inhumanity to man, to the extent that they’re even encouraging and ordering it. ‘Disabled’ is about one man—anonymous but representing all those wounded in the war.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses both the black and white communities to live in peace, by using powerful diction, he describes both sides in different ways but with one only purpose; to touch the heart of the audience and convey to them that a world where whites and blacks can live in peace is possible. Also, Luther King’s speech is full of repetitions, that allow him to reaffirm his point of view. For instance, he uses anaphora in different sentences, like “One hundred years later” or “Now is the time” to call for attention and interest of the audience, while the stanza “Let freedom ring[...]” creates a more rhythmical sound over the end of his speech. After getting the audience’s attention, Dr. King proceeded to persuade and get into the feelings of the people. That is why, Dr. King’s emotionally charged diction conveyed the entire world that racism and segregation were hurting the black society.
The Blacks suffered from severe devastating and agonizing experiences due to racial discrimination. In the light of Toni Morrison 's Beloved the research studies resistance literature giving special care to racial discrimination that is considered an inseparable part of the nature of White Americans. The novel deals with the concept of resistance by expounding and analyzing the themes of racism, slavery and resistance in addition to supernaturalism as an African-American technique. Racism which is an overriding theme in Morrison 's works mainly about loftiness and superciliousness. The first exposition of racism did not emerge on earth, but the act took place in the presence of God.
The Role of Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher Art can be expressed within writing pieces, poems and short stories in various types of forms. Edgar Allen Poe uses music as a form of art to help the main character Roderick try to cope with his unstable state of mind. Roderick experiences moral dilemmas and music serves to distort his feelings unintentionally. Simiraily, the ancient greek philosopher Aristotle believed that for a balance of life one needs to encounter the bad experiences in order to feel better and move on to better times. Furthermore, his belief was focused that one needs to participate in negative emotions to relieve the pain that he or she feels.
A central theme that is described in their writings is the act of preparing the soul for the journey into the afterlife. To many mystics, the way to purify your soul differed, but the importance of purifying the soul of the original sin of Adam and Eve was pedestrian and paramount to one’s salvation. In this respect, Dante Aligheieri, the famous Italian poet, can be described as a mystic due to underlying Christian themes of death and preparing the soul for the afterlife present in his most famous poem: The Divine Comedy. By addressing and emphasizing themes of love, free will, and suffering, Dante’s Purgatorio, the second story in the Divine Comedy, represents themes that describe and reinforce Christian underpinnings of preparing one’s soul for the afterlife. All in all, these themes represent elements of popular religion because every Christian was exceptionally concerned about their place afterlife, specifically whether or
The poem, "The Little Black Boy" appeals to both sides of the ongoing debate revolving around slavery at the time, in one sense it provides comfort for the slaves through religion and in another sense, it points out why the same idea is problematic. The little boy in the sonnet is full of ironic naivety, he is lucky to be so naive about the world and his implied situation of being a slave but it is also uncomfortable as it seems unfair to teach a young child that he has to just bear his unjust suffering. "The Little Black Boy" is in quatrains and has a ABAB rhyme scheme. This form gives the poem a 'sing-song ' feeling and reminds the reader almost of a nursery rhyme, especially when read aloud. This is also relevant as the poem is in "Songs of Innocence".
However, the noticeable structural differences between “Hymn” and Shelley’s most famous ode, “Ode to the West Wind,” lend credence to the likelihood that Shelley chose one over the other deliberately for “Hymn.” Also, given the premise of “Hymn” is Shelley speaking to the Spirit, having, “vowed that [he] would dedicate [his] powers / To thee and thine”, the weight of such a promise is better reinforced with the divine gravitas of a hymn when compared to an ode (Shelley). In addition, the poem features religious language and imagery, such as the use of the word “consecrate” at the beginning of stanza II, reference to the concepts of, “Demon, Ghost, and Heaven” all being named manifestations of lesser poets trying to capture the Spirit in stanza III, and the ending lines of the anecdote in stanza V, “Sudden, thy shadow fell on me; / I shrieked, and clasped my hands in ecstasy!” which portray the speaker as falling into what could be considered a position of prayer upon seeing the Spirit (Shelley). Nevertheless, if Shelley had entitled the poem “Ode to Intellectually Beauty” I doubt it would have compromised the work’s artistic
George Clinton refers to these qualities specifically in his Mothership Connection album, by referencing the great pyramids and singing of "partying on the mothership" (Clinton 1). This call to celebration in Egypt pays testament to the African country's natural beauty, resources, intellectual contributions, and architectural wonders. Many musical works lament the removal of black people from this nurturing environment, such as the popular spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child". Additionally, slavery-era artwork displayed a longing to reach home, as coded quilts used special patterns to disguise geographic locations to freedom, symbolizing the seen and unseen worlds (Anderson & Jones 27). The Atlantic slave trade lead to feelings of otherworldliness and alienation, which led to imaginings about alternate
His major work is “The songs of innocence and experience”, it is a collection of poems. Mysticism in the writings of Kahlil Gibran possesses a great similarity with the writings of William Blake. Mystical disappointment in the world ruined by material gluttony and hunger have been the source of their work. The idea of Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell and Regeneration and Disintegration is common in them. Kahlil Gibran like Blake speaks apocalyptically about life’s eternity and divinity of the Supreme.