Identity is perceived differently in “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes, “Won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton, and “Identity”by Noboa Polanco; yet all different interpretations of the announced word agree that one’s identity defines an individual. Through these multiple poems, different aspects of identity are explored through various literary devices to further reveal its true definition. While in one poem, race does not contribute to one’s identity, in another, it is argued that your race defines you as an individual, while the third poem argues that individuality and uniqueness is best. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, identity is defined as “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual”, and all three poets can agree upon
“Ars Poetica” directly contradicts this Imagist principle, yet manages to teach it at the same time. McLeish opens his poem with the phrase “a poem should be”, and continues to repeat the phrase in lines 7, 9, 15, and 17. The repetition of the word “be” evokes the image of life, emphasizing the idea that a poem is indeed a being; however, repetition, according to McLeish’s principle and the meaning of “Ars Poetica” is a conflicting literacy device within a poem. The most obvious contradiction appears in line 5, “A poem should be wordless”. If a poem “should be wordless” why repeat the phrase “a poem should be” in that very line, or at all?
But still, Whitman the private man, whose views conflicted with the spirit of his poetry. Leaves of Grass celebrates and embraces racial differences and diversity. He wrote poetry that no one had seen before, wrote about topics nobody believed he was writing about. Gender, sexuality, and race, he used it all. In Song of Myself, he beautifully portrays the union between a white hunter and a Native American girl.
They praised Morrison’s prose style, her ear for dialogue, and her deft characterization. Sula is the dramatization of the conflict between self realization and community allegiance dramatically played out in this novel. Other themes portrayed in the friendship between women, mother daughter relationship, and the connections between good and evil. In the author’s structuring of Sula and Nel, they are fewer people in their own right than representations of a rebel and conformist, which is the author’s view as the black women’s intrinsic conflict. Particularly, with Sula, the writer seems to be going beyond such representation, addressing herself to the idea of the great rebel the one who tries to
Oppression and confinement do not only affect Li but also other female characters. Articulating her concern for the generally low status and frustrated potentials of these young women in Northern Nigeria, Alkali sees education and hard work as the only panacea to freedom and success. It is therefore not a surprise that she communicates volumes of messages not only through Li but also through Faku. This explains why Faku, after almost losing hope in life as a result of her
Rina Morooka Mr Valera Language Arts Compare and Contrast essay on “The poet’s obligation”, “When I have fears that I may cease to be”, and “In my craft of sullen art” The three poems, “The poet’s obligation” by Neruda, “when I have fears that I may cease to be” by Keats, and “In my craft of sullen art” by Thomas, all share the similarity that they describe poets’ relationships with their poems. However, the three speakers in the three poems shared different views on their poetry; the speaker in Neruda’s poem believes that his poems which were born out of him stored creativity to people who lead busy and tiring life, and are in need of creativity, while the speaker in Keats’ poem believes that his poems are like tools to write down what
People with disabilities and their caretakers are often criticized for being unable to maintain a high focus on productivity. However, Hillyer emphasizes the benefits that this slow pace allows, such as the additional time for introspection that she compares to the feminist process of self-centering. Hillyer finds this needed slow pace to be especially difficult in the intersectionality between the disability and feminist communities, as women are expected to be “superwomen” who can be both independent and caretakers. Hillyer focuses on the similarities in these two communities and how their different approach to life can translate into readers’ lives. Hillyer starts by discussing the pressure
Morrison’s authorship elucidates the conditions of motherhood showing how black women’s existence is warped by severing conditions of slavery. In this novel, it becomes apparent how in a patriarchal society a woman can feel guilty when choosing interests, career and self-development before motherhood. The sacrifice that has to be made by a mother is evident and natural, but equality in a relationship means shared responsibility and with that, the sacrifices are less on both part. Although motherhood can be a wonderful experience many women fear it in view of the tamming of the other and the obligation that eventually lies on the mother. Training alludes to how the female is situated in the home and how the nurturing of the child and additional local errands has now turned into her circle and obligation.
The metaphor of silence under which the novel is organized helps to impose a quietude and discipline; the inner dynamics of a self cut off from human communication. That Long Silence is not an intrusion into the world of silence but a silent communion with the oppressed self-straining for articulation, for a voice. The concept of new women is a mere attitudinal transformation stifling and oppressive system of sex roles giving her way to undistorted gender equality. Actually, a new woman is a feminist who is in search for the means to overcome oppression, develop her powers and abilities for personal fulfillment and self-actualization. In conclusion, it is observed that, the exigencies of life presented themselves in the form of traumatic events to Jaya, presents
The neglected women as characters in their novel attempt for better way of life mentally and physically. Today’s Novels act as a mirror reflecting the protest and the outburst of the suppressed feelings of women which has never been taken care for ages. Shashi Despande’s novel That Long Silence begins with the sentence “To achieve anything, you’ve got to be ruthless.” Despande 's That Long Silence revolves around the ongoing problems and predicament of the middle class house hold. Her writings are like case studies of women full of reality. Her women are real flesh and blood characters from whom one cannot take one’s eyes of.