Mary Oliver’s poem “Crossing the Swamp” shows three different stages in the speaker's life, and uses personification, imagery and metaphor to show how their relationship with the swamp changed overtime. The swamp is personified, and imagery is used to show how frightening the swamp appears before transitioning to the struggle through the swamp and ending with the speaker feeling a sense of renewal after making it so far into the swamp. Finally, metaphor is used to compare the speaker, who has experienced many difficulties to an old tree who has finally begun to grow. Mary Oliver uses the literary element of personification to illustrate the speaker and the swamp’s relationship. She portrays the swamp as alive in lines 4-8 “ the nugget of dense sap, branching/ vines, the dark burred/ faintly belching/ bogs.” These lines show the fear the narrator has of the swamp with the words, dense, dark and belching.
“Seminole Indians” The Seminole Indians were a “Native American tribe of Central Florida” (Swygart 1). The term “Seminole” means runaway or pioneer. This was because the first Seminoles were originally members of the Creek tribe that migrated south: “Seminole History begins with bands of Creek indians from Georgia and Alabama who migrated to Florida in the 1700’s” (Florida Department of State 1). Natives who traveled and settled in Florida “shared the area with another group of Indians, who spoke Mikasuki. Together the two groups became known as Seminole…” ( Fixico 1).
Mary Rowlandson was a remarkable writer whose work tells an important piece of Colonial America’s history. It depicts how English colonists and Native American people of the Massachusetts region misunderstood each other. Her account became popular reading and reads much like a novel with use of descriptive and creative writing, although the language used is a bit difficult for modern readers as it is written in a more formal manner than we are accustomed to today. God’s intervention is ever present throughout the account and she believed that everything that happens to her or to any other human being is caused by God and carries with it a meaning or lesson. God controls all worldly events and determines their outcomes and Rowlandson applied the Puritan principles and ideals during her time as a captive.
This book explains an African American woman’s life from experiencing slavery first-hand, to, at last, freedom. I will use examples of the harsh encounters Gaspar and Hine explain throughout this novel to support my main topic of my thesis; the theme of the corrupt power of slavery Harriet Jacob
“Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin,” (Kingsolver, Barbara). This quote is fitting, since Kingsolver is a historical fictionist and writes from the memory of others. Barbara Kingsolver is associated with the Postmodernism movement, which began around 1945 and still continues today. Some basic beliefs of this literary period are that there is no absolute truth, truth and error are synonyms, traditional authority is false and corrupt, and all religions are valid. She has lived many places around the world, including Africa, Mexico, and South America, majorly influencing her to write her stories in the setting of other countries and from the political standpoints of other countries.
He states without human imagination there would be no stories to tell; how could stories be told if we had to memories or imagination? Past memories bring the power to the stories humans all tell. Lopez says that with the influence of nature in our past it brings more of a physical thought to humans stories. In conclusion, what Lopez is trying to convey through his essay is human imagination is made by our past memories and relations with nature. In my opinion, I think the essay “A literature of Place” was a nice writing with good ideas.
Great post on the women that advocated for women and slaves rights. As stated in your post two important black women in history were Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Formal slaves, both women joined with the whites who believed that slavery was wrong. Also two more important women in history were Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan Anthony. Harriet Beecher Stowe, an abolitionist who had come to know a number of escaped slaves while she was living in Cincinnati and she also authored the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (History Net, 2016).
Knowledge can be a good thing if we use it in a good way, but if you don’t use it wisely it can bring many problems and it might also bring bad consequences. In Frankenstein’s case knowledge was not a good thing. The book Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley, was a very intriguing story with many comparisons of the ultimate powers in life. It contained many topics of our everyday life today. Even though it contained many themes of our everyday life, mainly it consisted of knowledge can lead to bad things.
Mary Oliver in her poem, “Crossing the Swamp,” utilizes allegory, alliteration, metaphor, and tone to convey an intricate relationship between herself and the swamp, that being her struggles in her life. A relationship that starts out with fear and ends in acceptance, stagnation to triumph, darkness to light; a relationship that allows her to be reborn. The swamp is a metaphor, described as “struggle, closure,” “the center of everything;” the swamp represents the obstacles Oliver faces in her life. She enters the swamp that is “murky” with “dense sap” and “branching vines,” and Oliver must struggle in the swamp in order to move forward. But there is a lack of direction in life and no one struggles the same and no one travels the same path,
However, a majority of the book does not seem as animated as the name. As I continued to read, the organization of the plot was not enjoyable, but the impressive choice of vocabulary was engaging. I felt a wild sense of adventure as if I was in the book, seeing the uneasiness that comes with living in a new environment, the trust that is tied with love and the heartbreak that corresponds with loss and grief. The protagonist, Maggie, grabbed my attention. The way she views the world and her perspective on family and friends makes me question why she does it in that manner.
The Seminoles built their houses in a unique way, and the houses were built the way they were for good reasons. Until the Indian Removal Act of 1830 went into effect, the Seminoles of North Florida built log cabin type homes. When the Seminoles retreated south, they needed new structures. Because the indians were hunted, they needed homes that they could destroy easily. The homes also needed to be suitable for life in the swamps.
The focus of Cheathem’s historical study is in the South. Specifically, the antebellum South during the 1800s. His book titled “Andrew Jackson. Southerner” also concentrated on life in the heart of Dixie. His in-depth knowledge of the time period and mastery of the Jackson family is evident through this book.
Michelle’s historical context derives from numerous ideals. One of which she had been unaware of until the year of 2008, when she found out her direct relation to a slave on Friendfield plantation in Georgetown, South Carolina. Her great- great grandfather, Jim Robinson, was one of over 200 slaves on this plantation in the early 1800s (Bond, 2012). “Michelle has said that knowing the truth about her family history has helped her understand her upbringing, and in a larger sense how the legacy of slavery continues to impact the lives of African Americans to this day” (Bond, 2012, p.2). Michelle herself recognizes the importance of the historical context to her own life and the lives of other African Americans.
Alice Walker, born February 9, 1944 in Eatonton Georgia, is an American writer whose novels, short stories, and poems are praised for their focus on African American culture, particularly on women (Britannica). Eudora Welty, born April 13, 1909, is an American short-story writer and novelist whose work is mainly focused on the regional etiquettes of people residing in a small Mississippi town that resembles her own birthplace (Britannica). Both Walker and Welty depict the use of animal imagery in their short stories ‘Everyday Use’ and ‘A Worn Path’. In her short story “Everyday Use”, Walker depicts the bonds among three women in rural Georgia. Walker relies on animal imagery to demonstrate important qualities of her characters.
Firstly, from the listed documents above, “Black Codes of the State of Mississippi” is divided into four parts; Apprentice Law, Vagrancy Law, Civil Rights of Freedmen and Penal Codes. These laws were created by Mississippi, immediately after the American Civil War as a way to enforce and control the freedmen, negroes, and mulattoes. It hopes were to maintain white supremacy and provide cheap labor as feared that blacks would seek revenge for mistreatments. Ongoing, the “Address of the Colored Convention to the People of Alabama” states the