Everyone has certain childhood memories and objects that shape them and their identity. For Marilyn Nelson Waniek, one of these was a quilt. The speaker in this poem uses the literary techniques of diction and symbolism to show how childhood objects and circumstances, like the quilt, can shape and show our identity. The speaker also uses hyperboles to emphasize how important a sense of identity is to people and how that identity shapes our lives. The speaker in this poem uses diction, specifically colors, to create a warm tone that is associated with aspects of her childhood in order to shape the image of her identity.
In Marilyn Nelson Waniek's "The Century Quilt" there is a diverse and loving home, and a sure symbol of generations of a family and childhood within the blanket. Through warm imagery and reminiscent tone, the measure of this quilt to Waniek's life is illustrated as a profound connection and admiration of her family and a nostalgic escape. The color illuminated imagery draws a relationship between family and love through the quilt. "Six Van Dyke brown squares/ two white ones/ yellow brown of mama's cheeks" The delicate colors remind the poet of her childhood's simplicity, the gentleness of her mother's being, and begins to suggest a mixture of races within her household. "yellow sisters/white family" Wankiek speaks of her two distinct races, the Indian and the white, in an acclaiming manner which once again connects the loveliness of the quilt and how it acts as a catalyst to the influx of memories of a wholesome home that sees no color
The poem My Mother The Land by Phill Moncrieff poetically describes the struggles the aboriginal people faced at the hands of the European people and colonisation throughout history. The fact that the author based the poem on accurate historical events adds to the authenticity of representations and engages the reader in an emotional journey with the struggles the aboriginal people faced with the somewhat loss of their country, culture, identity, people and place. The author uses a variety of language features and text structures to create this view point, for instance the author uses several language features and text structures throughout verse one to demonstrate the loss of culture and people. The poet uses effective language features throughout the poem to describe the loss that the narrator feels in their country, culture, identity, people
One great notion I have developed over the years is that every human has gone through some meaning experiences in his/her life that he/ she can identify with when such experience is depicted through an artwork, painting, photography, or any form of media. After coming in contact with Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, 1936, artwork (fig 4.151), I feel more connected to this artwork because it speaks directly to me and draws my attention to my personal life experience. This artwork is more of Leo Tolstoy’s definition of art that views art from a social prospective. Lange’s Migrant Mother artwork shows a mother’s strength and determination in the time of extreme need. Observing this artwork, we can conclude that the there’s always a strong, natural
“Trap Lines” Question 6 In the short story “Trap Lines” by Thomas King, the intergenerational affairs still endure today, even to non-natives. In the story, Christopher is a man who is 18 years old and had recently finished high school. Christopher’s father is 46 and he had grown up in a time which is now very offbeat. Christopher and his father cannot comply with each other’s thoughts and ideas. Christopher, just graduating high school, is expected by his father to go to university “You planning on going to university?” (King), and Christopher replied with “I’m going to rest first.” Christopher is evidently unsure of what he wants to become, but he want some time to himself.
A sentimental item can allow one to tie their memories to it once a moment comes to an end, letting them continuously cherish that memory. The item can range from anything a person wants, depending on them and their experiences; such as, the quilts in the short story "Everyday Use" and the poem "My Mother Pieced my Quilts". Both Teresa Acosta and Alice Walker use imagery and figurative language to establish the quilt as the love and respect for both of their family's heritage. In the poem by Acosta, she uses imagery and figurative language to present the quilt as a symbol for her memories and the mother's love for the family. Acosta was illustrating to the reader how the mother sewed the quilt by hand and stated," galloping along the frayed
The title “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” is symbolism. Throughout the book David has two vices: His job and Photography. David receives a Valentine’s Day and Birthday Present from Norah. Her goal to keep the memory of Phoebe alive. Norah gives David a box with “The memory keeper” (Edwards 88) in white italic letters.
Mama even discusses the use of “scraps from dresses that Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago” (1193). Each piece of fabric represents the life and struggles of Mama’s ancestors. The quilt is a piece of history passed down from generation to generation, which embodies long lasting memories and legacy. Wangero asked, “Can I have these old quilts” (1193). Mama was not happy about the request and suggested other quilts.
The concept of longing and love is presented in different ways by Rita Dove and Anna Swir in their poems. In “I’ll open the Window,” Anna Swir focuses on the opportunities that the future will bring upon ending a long, tiresome relationship. She employs poetic devices like personification, imagery, onomatopoeia, with a somber mood and reflection on her past relationship. On the contrary, “Flirtation” by Rita Dove conveys a feeling of hope and the joy of starting a new relationship through similes, metaphors, personification, and couplets. Both poems explore the idea of renewed hope that relationships bring either by starting a new one or ending an old one, while employing different stanza length, and creating different moods in the minds of the reader.
Memories are important treasures to hold onto as time goes by. In the poem “Old Memories” written by Carrie Williams, the subject is old memories. The speaker of the poem is someone who is reminiscing their sweet old memories. The speaker’s tone towards the subject is nostalgic. Throughout this poem, the author uses imagery as a literary device to show why memories are considered to be significant in one’s life.
Many people have moments where an event or something gets between them, their relatives, or their friends. Although, soon enough, family and companions get through it and remember what is most important: their relationship. In both Flora & Ulysses and Raymie Nightingale, the author, Kate DiCamillo communicates a message about the concept of good relationships. The book Flora & Ulysses takes place in present day plus it is fiction. Raymie Nightingale during the summer of 1970, and it is realistic fiction.
Whereas, Dee believes that her mother’s family heirlooms are to frame on the wall, or display, as a reminder of her family history. She desires the carved dasher and family quilts, but she sees them as artifacts of a lost time, suitable for display but not for actual, practical use. She has set herself outside her own history, rejecting her real heritage in favor of a constructed one. Mama and Maggie, on the other hand, wish to continue using the quilts, and so continually engage with and build upon the family’s history. When Mama gives the quilts to Maggie, she ensures that the family heritage will stay alive in the manner she prefers.
The charity works with international partners to help marginalized communities throughout the world find their voice and combat crises. One of the charity’s programs is the Advocacy Quilts, which are used to tell the stories of marginalized people. Kay Scanlan, a sophomore in the program, was so moved by the quilts that she decided they needed to be brought to Salve. Along with a few other Nuala Pell scholars Scanlan began coordinating the event.
They started to go to the process when I was in middle school and we were all hopeful that they would be get them. We never thought about what would happen if they didn’t get them or us having to move. That changed when they received a paper that said they had 30 days to leave the country. That day was one of the worst I had gone through lots of thoughts were running through my head like how I was going to leave my family I had here, friends, and how I would be going to a new country. That day my
Michael, my sister’s first child will always ask me to play with him but I cannot pull myself to do it. I do not have enough energy and I have been wasting away ever since I left my Reverend. I think this decision I made has come back to haunt me and I think it will continue to haunt me until the day I