In Patricia Smith's’ What It’s Like to be a Black Girl (for Those of You Who Aren’t), she eliminates the use of stanzas in her poem, which makes it appear as a miniature short story to the reader. Without the stanzas, the reader is encouraged to read the poem straight through, only breaking where there is punctuation. Her powerful words keep the reader attentive and truly capture the essence of her life. She begins her poem with the line “First of all”, the F in first being the only capitalized letter in the poem. She does not use other transition words like then, next or second, which one would expect, however, with each line, she takes the reader as she transitions from childhood to womanhood for a young black girl. Stanzas can be used in a poem for a wide variety of things. A poet might include stanzas in his poem to group ideas, indicate a change in tone, or simply to create rhythm. However, in this poem the poet does not use stanzas. Each line of the poem takes you through a stage in her life. Her story begins with “...being nine years old and feeling like you’re not finished…”(1-2) as each line continues she takes the reader through the trials and tribulation of puberty, insecurity: “ pimping in front of mirrors that deny your reflection”(8-9) to joyous energy: “ jumping double dutch until your …show more content…
It appears as one large paragraph, to be read straight through. The sparing use of periods and absence of stanzas eliminates the use of a steady rhythm in the poem and limit breaks. The jarring words support the straightforward tone. Smith does not ease the reader into this emotional lifestyle but instead uses her poem as a way to throw the reader into the life of a black girl. In her frank tell- all poem she bears it all: the burdens and the blessings of black childhood, adolescent hood, then
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Right away Candace G. Wiley’s poem title, “Dear Black Barbie,” caught my eye. Looking through the poem, the author uses multiple literary techniques. However, after reading the poem various times, clearly symbols function as the predominant literary element of Wiley’s poem, and these symbols must be decoded to fully comprehend Wiley’s work. In the first stanza of Wiley’s poem readers are presented with three central symbols: the word fuck, the white Barbie, and you, the black Barbie.
The last line of the poem is also in a different format, it follows the rhyme, but it’s indented. The speaker in line 20 is saying “Who are you?” this also draws the attention of the reader. Same concept with the last line Smith is asking the reader this question. These questions are questioning other people’s faith in God.
When the racial tension that develops throughout the narrative finally erupts [in a sequence beginning at 1:29:04], Tina is unsurprisingly absent, attesting hooks’ summation that “the presence of black women in the film take the heat off and replace it with erotic play”. Nevertheless, though outnumbered by ten men, a secondary female character, Ella (Christa Rivers), is present at Sal’s as the conflict unfolds. Until this point, Ella serves a deindividuated roll as a member of a collective featuring Cee (Martin Lawrence), Punchy (Leonard Thomas) and Ahmad (Steve White) that sees her repeatedly belittle. Lacking the autonomy to challenge the behaviour of her peers, Ella thus shares in their actions and mannerisms upon entry to Sal’s, particularly by castigating Mookie for his refusal to allow them into the building [1:29:17].
“Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin is more of a story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in a sense of the dual roles he had to endure for his studies. He was plagued by an undying need to understand racial division and suffrage. With his insatiable need to understand, he took on two personalities. First, to begin his test he became black by taking oral medications and ultraviolet like treatments to change his pigment. He moved to Louisiana to test the waters.
Growing up my parents instilled in me that I was beautiful and my skin was beautiful. It was clear to me that everyone else didn’t feel the same way. I went to a couple different schools throughout my life starting with a predominantly black school then a predominantly white school then a very diverse school and at each one I still experienced colorism. At the black school I was not liked because I was darkskin and my hair was kinky and I was just not as pretty as the light skinned girls.
This is an excerpt adaption from the stage play “For colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.” This poem is about a mother/daughter relationship and the conflictions about sexual abuse between the family. The author describes the desire to be desired, but that the attention men shower upon her is ultimately unfulfilling. She underlines the superficiality of physical attraction by describing her outward adornments: her clothing, hair, and her smell, all designed to attract men. As she continues, she admits that she oozes sexuality and confidence, making each man who approaches her feel special and unique.
Smith goes on in the fourth stanza to say this is the story of minorities that save themselves standing next to the addicts, exiles, and children of slaves. It is the broken people that are the heroes of this story. A shift is noticeable beginning in the fourth stanza because the poem changes from what the poet wants the movie to be to what elements the movie is prohibited to have. Danez Smith claims he does not want a “hmong sexy hot dude” to save the day with “a funny yet strong, commanding black girl buddy-cop” then uses Will Smith and Sofia Vergara as an example. The preceding lines go on to say there will be grandmas taking out Raptors while sitting on her porch and for once a movie will not obsess over violence, race, and status, only normal people doing amazing
Do you think black children are better off at a predominantly white school or a predominantly black school? Black children are facing different problems in the school system. Kids get in trouble all the time but it seems Black kids get in trouble more? It might be that the teachers may not know how to handle them. Hair for instance, is a problem some black girls are dealing with.
Zora Neale Hurston is another example of bringing attention to the tension of race. She, however, still demonstrates pride in her race as demonstrated in her work, “How it feels to be coloured me”. Hurston demonstrates her pride throughout the piece through word choice. Throughout the piece, Hurston chooses words that bring
If you are part of the group of Girls that wants to be like Michelle Obama you have met your match. This book teaches you ways that you can be like Michelle Obama. The name of the book is called Black Girls Guide How to Be like Michelle Obama by Angela D Coleman. This book was published in 2012 by Sisterhood Agenda. I think this book was an amazing book.
The song describes most of what is going on in the story. For example, “We found him with his face down in the pillow With a note that said I’ll love her till I die.” These two lines in the stanza are very descriptive. Using detailed lines makes a better understanding for the audience. It makes the song become more realistic.
Having the film start with a very passionate and moderately zoomed in scene where Kate and Evan are showering together sets the idea that they are a couple with a very strong attraction towards each other. The audience is exposed to the emphasis of movement right off the bat due to the fact that the protagonist Kate suffers from a disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS. This illness affects the brain cells and the spinal cord giving the person a lack of control over their muscles in their body. Then, the audience sees Kate meticulously applying foundation on her face. The graceful and careful movement needed to apply mascara reinforces the complete control Kate has of her life at that very moment and how others perceive her.
Grace Nichols effectively utilises idiomatic language, word choice and various aesthetic features to show westerners the struggles which outsiders of society face. There have always been marginalised groups within society, and it can feel horrible to be in that position. Nichols has really struck a chord with this poem, as it really speaks out about what it’s like to be an outsider. She uses the fat black woman not fitting into the clothes as a metaphor for her not fitting into society; not just for her size, but for her race and colour as