“Your every grief like a blade shining and unsheathed.... my sorrow must be laid on your head like a crown” (Cullen, 25-27 & 30-31).The author is trying to say that others can cause grief and sorrow and the connection of one another. In conclusion, both poems are about human connections, but the differences are the topic of the poems, one being about race and the other is about grief and sorrow. The significance of these themes are that both connections of others during the Harlem Renaissance.
The Letter from Birmingham Jail and the I have a Dream Speech, both written by Martin Luther King Jr., explain the same message to people in two different ways. The Letter from Birmingham Jail was to write a letter to defend the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. He wrote this because he wants African Americans to come together and peacefully protest the unjust laws that are in place. On the other hand, his speech was to a large group of citizens, black and white, fighting for freedom, equality, justice and love. He used many rhetorical devices in his speech and letter that compared the two, and to show the differences in a clear way.
Finally, Washington discloses in paragraph III, “A ship lost at sea.” Washington lastly compares a story to the whites who need help with hiring laborers by maneuvering anecdote. The message Washington is trying to state in paragraph III is that whites were looking for laborers but, were unsure on hiring the African Americans. Washington instantly believed if they can trust them while they were working for free, why shouldn’t they trust them now? Which enhances how Washington believes only hard work will earn them equality. The categories of rhetoric Washington employs is figurative language, such as juxtaposition, metaphor, and anecdote, which all helps enhances his
He was their voice. Throughout the “letter” Dr. King demonstrated pathos by engaging his readers of the struggle of being an African American descent. Dr. King starts off by letting his readers know that he was confined during the time of the letter was written and he was addressing the eight clergymen who called his action of a peaceful protest “untimely and unwise”. (King Jr., p. 645) However, he continues to explain his reason for being in Birmingham by saying that injustice was present and he could not just sit in another state and watch it;” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Although a century apart, Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and Frederick Douglass’s What to a Slave is the fourth of July are kindred spirits. Notwithstanding the many differences in their respective writing styles, deep down the essence of the message conveyed is still very much the same. Both Martin Luther King Junior and Frederick Douglas had similar beliefs and concepts related to the treatment of the African American community. They both describe a tough yet heart breaking situation that makes them question their moral values and doubt the system and its ability to change for better.
Hanna Santaren Mrs Maria Pia Reyes English Language Arts 9 5/10/2017 Poetry Analysis: Langston Hughes’ “Dream Deferred” INTRODUCTION “Dream Deferred,” more commonly known as “Harlem,” was written by African-American poet Langston Hughes in 1951. Hughes was an activist for the African-American community in America. According to biography.com, he played a big role in the Harlem renaissance which was a cultural movement the promoted the acceptance of black people and culture. The oppression in the USA was still apparent during the time “Dream Deferred” was written.
In these poems, “Sympathy” contains a powerful meaning compared to the “Caged Bird” poem. In his poem “Sympathy”, Paul Laurence Dunbar reveals his acknowledgement of his relation to the caged bird by choosing proper diction. During the poem, he emphasis his knowledge of the caged bird’s pain and desire to have freedom by imagery and metaphors. As one analyze these poems, one can affect a person by how meaningful or powerful a certain poem is such as “Sympathy” because many people have sympathy or empathy for African Americans throughout these times of segregation. “Sympathy” proves to be a most meaningful poem for one can relate while others cannot.
These songs were far from joyful, they would sing “…the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone…” and these songs would “… [breathe] the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish.” (29). Douglass argues against the positive image of slavery that portrayed slaves to be
Just writing a song like this needs a man to be aware of his surroundings and think about what problems are going on. He also needs to be extremely confident in his song since it is attacking racism, a topic that is controversy. He played this song during his 1973 tour to promote anti-violence and anti-racism. Around this time, the native Americans in the US were in a very bad condition, they were being mistreated and thrown around like dirt. After people heard his song, there were more people starting to actually respect the differences of each other.
Bennett (2005) pairs Walt Whitman and Frances Ellen Watkins. The former is the most famous poet of the “American Renaissance” and the latter, “an African American woman who has been remembered, if at all, as the author of postbellum dialect poetry and the late-nineteenth-century novel Iola Leroy” (M. Bennett 45). Although the two figures may seem to different to compare, they share “common discursive terrain based on their consuming interest in the intersection between the private bodies of the nation’s inhabitants and the public democratic body of which they were a part—a relationship highlighted and troubled by the struggle over slavery”. Both poets extend “formal democracy to the realm of body politics and control over one’s own sexuality”
She is targeting a specific audience—colored people. When Whipple opens the preface, she speaks about how colored people should be proud to support Eldridge, “who is both an honor and an ornament to their race (Whipple, pg.3).” When questioning the collaboration which produced these memoirs, and whether or not Whipple had ulterior motives in writing the piece, Joycelyn Moody points out that “a cultural as well as a social phenomenon, race anticipates this authorial collaboration by determining the structure and dynamics of the relationship and shapes it against its purposes. Scholars should consider not simply how Whipple interprets and and represents Eldridge but, more urgently, how Whipple conceptualizes social reform (Moody 690).” Could Whipple have included the preface to show that she and Eldridge were indeed good friends and to assure the reader that although she’s white, she empathized with, and supported colored people?
In one of Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s most famous poem’s “We Wear the Mask,” he describes the harsh reality of the black race and community in America and how they hide their struggles, grief, sadness, and broken hearts under a mask “metaphorical” for a survival strategy towards white people during this time. “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, with torn and bleeding hearts we smile, and mouth with myriad subtleties.” (Dunbar) In the first verse, the mask is taken off.