During the Great Migration, thousands of African Americans moved to Harlem for job opportunities, affordable housing, and to escape the blatant racism of the South. Along the mass immigration, came cultural influences such as blues and jazz music, which had stemmed from African spirituals. Poetry also became a large part of the culture with many poems following similar rhythms as those found in blues music. Writers tackled the theme of racial injustice for the first time and brought a sense of racial identity to the African American community. The writers of the Harlem Renaissance era exhibited strength through their writing that transcended to their communities.
Sojourner Truth and Lucille Clifton, a powerful public speaker and a powerful African-American poet, both use the power of words to promote change. The pieces given from Sojourner Truth famously advocated women's rights and denounced slavery. The fundamentals of Lucille Clifton's pieces relate openly to slavery, her family, strong women and her heritage. Both these women use the effectiveness of speaking and writing to try and expose the exposition of social injustice and the inequality between the genders. Truth's famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” and Clifton's poem, “at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989,” exemplify the rhetorical and poetic devices that it takes to create social change within poetry.
Stephen Crane’s poem, “Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind” quite clearly speaks to the horror and grief of war, but does so in a roundabout way that comes across as sarcasm; in fact, it is exactly this heavy use of verbal irony that drives his message home to the reader. Verbal irony, put simply, is the use of words to deliberately convey the opposite of their direct or literal meanings. For example, the first stanza of Crane’s poem reads, “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind. / Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky / And the affrighted steed ran on alone, / Do not weep. / War is kind” (Crane 1-5).
The poem was released in 2002. Her work provided a strong, militant yet African-American feel that was manifested through her writing. Giovanni work includes variety of topics ranging from race and social issues to children literature. She is considered one of the world well-known poets, within the African-American community. Furthermore, go trip is something that is undertaken in order to draw attention to a person’s own image or appraisal to him or herself.
Throughout the poem Jordan uses repetition and in the oral performance uses her voice to enhance her message and feelings. The poem was written in a time where black people and women were dehumanized where those in power abused the power to gain more and those without power were continuously affected by it. Reading the poem and had an impact on me with the dictation of lexis, however all of these feelings were heightened when I listened to the oral performance. The poem starts of in the present tense “Even tonight and I need to take a walk” (Jordan 1) which gives a setting to the scene, in the opening few lines Jordan uses the repetition of “I” and “my” which made the poem for me more personal, the use of repetition in the opening part of the poem produced a deeper connection to the poem, repetition of the words placed emphasis and clarity of the words which came after “my body posture my gender identity my age…” (Jordan
She began writing and publishing as a teenager eventually achieving national fame for her 1945 collection “A Street In Bronzeville”, she was a postwar poet. She wrote during the Civil Rights activism period. Gwendolyn Brooks wrote thirty-nine poems and they were mostly about Racism, Feminism, and the struggles and celebrations of ordinary people from her own community. She responded to major events during her lifetime including the World War II struggle for civil rights, and race riots. Gwendolyn was born June 7th 1917 in Topeka, Kansas , she had multiple abortions in her poem “ The Mother” she tells her unborn children that she loved them.
In this particular scene Romeo’s haste is revealed whenTybalt kills Romeo’s best friend, Mercutio, Romeo throws caution to the wind and prepares to end Tybalt’s life. Romeo is a very hurried person in seeking revenge as his anger overrides rational thought. Additionally, Romeo shows the same trait when he find his love Juliet in the Capulet tomb, he states, “Here’s to my love! (drinks) O true apothecary, Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” (V.III.119-120).
She is not afraid to come back again and again and look through the window. Lucille has knocked on the windows and doors of the literary world for years. She demanded to be heard, and she stayed there until the industry had no choice. She was as wily and as crafty as the fox. One can even extend the analogy and say that she is talking about the whole group of African-American female poets.
The narrator assumes forgetting her lover will make the pain better and is angry at her heart for not allowing her to forget him. She wants to forget him as soon as possible “Haste! Lest while you’re lagging” (7), once again using an exclamation point to indicate anger and hurry, wanting the pain to end. The narrator is angry at herself for not being able to forget him and letting him get to her. This poem may allude to an unrequited love interest of Dickinson’s and the pain that comes with it.
wendolyn Brooks’, “The Sonnet-Ballad”, can in-a-way be confusing to some. When first reading, you are able to understand that her love has gone off to war; however, you are not able to differentiate if she is talking about her love leaving her for another woman or her love dying in battle. I honestly believe that she was talking about her love dying and she’s grieving in disbelief. The narrator begins with the grand question, “Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?” From the beginning, anyone could tell that something is going wrong with the narrator. She then proceeds to speak of how her lover has walked grandly out the door, and that he is never coming back.