In “The Century Quilt,” the speaker appreciates her family’s cultural diversity by comparing their heritage to a colorful quilt belonging to Meema. She shifts from past to present to future, continuing the extended metaphor in different scenarios. Author Mary Nelson Waniek uses a variety of literary techniques such as structure, imagery, and tone to develop the complex meanings interpreted throughout the poem. Together, the poem is spoken through a woman who emphasizes the importance of family. She mentions different family members along with their skin color and describes short memories of each of them.
Grace’s quilting shapes the story by divulging her inner feelings and personal journey that brought her to the position she presently faces. Quilting is a form of artistic expression Grace uses in order to fabricate a time line or series of events for herself and so that she can reassure herself of her sanity. As the novel progresses the chapters themselves have increasing similarities to that of a quilt. They are sort of choppy and meshed together using pieces that don’t necessarily fit together perfectly. This structure symbolizes Grace’s memories.
Furthermore, I believe the poems: 'Poem at thirty-nine', 'Remember', 'Ode of Remembrance', and 'For My Mother in Her Mid-90's', do exceptionally well to express this theme of remembrance. 'Piano', being a poem which features remembrance through the use of language that the poet, D.H. Lawrence uses along with the subject the poem is written about, his childhood memories. We see a change in tense in each stanza as he is reflecting on his thoughts and memories. With each changing stanza, the fluctuating tense creates the effect of recollection going back and forth in his writing.
From those experiences of dealing with her father, a psychological analogy between nature and peace was instilled in Ginny’s mind at a young age, and is what she relies on as an adult to handle her emotional trauma. Additionally, Ginny constructs a metaphor, as she asserts that “a seed is a contract for the future” (Hudes 16). To Ginny, planting a seed guarantees that she will soon be able to visually see the fruits of her labor, and will be able to relish in the joy of creating new life. This point means that imagery is as vitally important to Ginny as it is to her story, as her visualization of the future of her garden fuels her happiness and ability to cope with what she is going
The poem, “The Century Quilt”, by Sarah Mary Taylor demonstrates the meaning of The Century Quilt through the use of tone, imagery and symbolism. This complex quilt has a way of bringing family together through means of remembrance, as the quilt will be passed on and on. Symbolism in this poem is most prominent in the title itself. “The Century Quilt” makes its implication of being passed on by the word, century. A century is a long period of time and within that time period the quilt will have been passed down through means of connecting with family.
In the poem “The Century Quilt” by Marilyn Nelson Waniek, Waniek is able to craft a complex, contemporary poem using a variety of literary devices. Through enjambment, imagery, and chronological succession, Waniek describes the complexities of her quilt and reflects on it’s beauty and uniqueness. In lines 1-2 of “The Century Quilt” Waniek uses enjambment to start her poem with ambiguity and suspense. In addition, her use of enjambment slows the pace and forces the reader to digest each line as an individual thought, rather than a cohesive statement. In turn, the slowed pace and ambiguity of the opening couplet offers a preview to Wanieks unique style and syntax.
The quilts are the main portion of the story because they represent Mama’s family heritage. The quilts are composed of “scrapes of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago. Bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrell’s Paisley shirts. And one teeny faded blue piece, about the size of a penny matchbox, that was from Great Grandpa Ezra’s uniform that he wore in the Civil War” (Walker 152). They also represent coming together and healing.
From the beginning to end, this song weaves its story and presents within the poem. This young girl watches and feels the emotions of her mother and grandmother through their voices and stories in the song. These poems being written from a perspective coming from a young girl shows great similarities and bonds between both poems and poets. It not only connects poems and poets but details of the ideas of the poems as
Maria Chapdelaine utilizes nostalgia in exploring the lives of Franco-Canadians during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many felt compelled to leave their rural roots and immigrate to urban areas the United States in order to find work, build a better life, or simply search for adventure. Chapdelaine describes this historic dilemma in terms of the fictional character, Maria. Additionally, the story demonstrates the sense of pride that Québécois take in their identity. Maria stays in Québec because she feels that it is where she belongs.
The overall theme for the poem is finding love and can be shown throughout poem by the use of symbols and alliteration. Emily Dickinson uses symbols throughout her poem to show a deeper meaning when searching for love. One of the first symbols that Dickinson uses is "Done with the Compass" (Dickinson line 7). A compass guides you along your journey or voyages out into the abyss; however, when Dickinson uses the "compass" it takes on a deeper meaning. Being done with compass tells the reader that the narrator of the story has found the love that he or she has been longing for; therefore, the journey or voyage of love is over.
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.