Nostalgia is a conspicuous subject seen throughout the poem. "My sister and I were in love with meema's Indian blanket" The begining of her evocative and romantic tone is arrayed when she introduces the quilt. The use of past tense "were in love" suggest the poet's state of nostalgia of her childhood because of how she and her sibling so innocently and lovlingly admire the quilt that poses an almost foreign and mystical thing to them. "perhaps under this quilt I'd dream of myself...within the dream of myself perhaps I'd meet my son" The child wrapped up in the blanket of faultless fantasy, longs and wonders about the future, and all its wonderful possiblities. Now as an adult, she knows all the outcomes of her past dreams, but loves to remember how charmingly clueless she was, just like most children are.
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.
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 quilt’s variety of colours conveys a link between the narrator’s multicultural family as well background. This idea is conveyed in lines fifteen through seventeen, “Six Van Dyke brown squares.. Mama’s cheeks.” Additionally, the colours of the quilt also play a role in being symbolism of the narrator’s family characteristics and love, such as in lines thirty-nine through forty, “of my father’s burnt umber pride, my mother’s ochre gentleness.” This concept is further presented in lines twenty-five and twenty-six, “Among her yellow sisters, their grandfather’s white family.” In lines eighteen through twenty, “Each square holds a sweet gum leaf.. Me into the silence,” the sweet gum leaf is symbolism for nostalgia. In a sense as well, the diction “caress me into the silence,” is symbolism for death in which the narrator is described still to remain
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.
Christine Kerr states “The mother narrator reminisces how Dee always “wanted nice things” even as a tennager.” Throughout Everyday Use, Dee shows a pattern of wanting things, such as her heritage to be shown. This is why Dee changes her last name. Christine Kerr demonstrates how Dee has more than one perspective on things within her family. For example, Dee wants the quilts not just because she thinks her mother and sister don't use them properly, but because she wants to show her heritage, and to own something nicer and maybe has more
Motivated by an experience in her youth, she wrote a song about when her mother stitched together a coat for her to wear from pieces of rags they had been given and the other kids laughing at her. As a result, of this experience Parton’s purpose is to change her audiences’ mindset to realize that “One is only poor, only if they choose to be” (50-51) and can change the perception of what evokes a sense of richness. In this song, she is effective in using authority, goodwill and common ground, several categories of ethos, to evoke a connection with her listeners that may have had a similar experience. With regards to this song, Parton invented or created her authority in her song in her first verse. With this line, “Back to the seasons of my youth” (Parton 3) she is telling her audience that this is a song about an event that happened in her youth.
“Nikki-Rosa” Poem Analysis In the poem “Nikki- Rosa,” Nikki Giovanni writes with diction and imagery to prove that’s she had a happy childhood in spite of her family’s hardships. Giovanni creates a poem, that although short in words, provides a lasting effect on the reader. Giovanni’s creative use of language and descriptive words, the distinction of black culture from white culture, and memories of average times that made her childhood unique and happy made this poem distinct and exceptional. Giovanni frequently references to her happy childhood in her poem using words and phrases that create an image in your mind showing you that her childhood was in fact a happy one. “You and your sister have happy birthdays and very good Christmases” (Lines 20), illustrates that not only was her childhood was happy but the simple
Dee wants to use the churn to make a table out of it. In the story, Dee Says “I can use the chute top as a centerpiece for the alcove table,” ... (Walker 5). Another thing is the quilts she wants to use the quilts as decoration when there properly used as a bed sheet how they're using them now. Dee wants the quilts because she liked the patterns and all the fabric that was sown into them and that they will make a good decoration on the wall. Mama will not let her have it because she already promised to Maggie that she was going to give them to her.
Overall,”Grape Sherbet”by Riat Dove is a poem with meaning.It puts the aspects of childhood,memories,and sadness together with it imagery and figurative langue.Taking apart the poem and really looking how everything was written and pieced together give you a sense of accomplishment when you finish reading.Her use of imagery of a child really takes you back to your early childhood.Never forgetting a memory and holding it with you for a lifetime is really conveyed throughout the story.This poem uses alliteration,imagery,figurative language,assonance,rhyme and rhythm to capture you all the way to the