Yusef Komunyakaa Essays

  • Yusef Komunyakaa

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    As a young man, before college, Yusef Komunyakaa left his hometown Bogalusa, Louisiana and traveled to Vietnam as a War Correspondent for the Southern Cross Newspaper. He followed the many the many young soldiers, who were drafted into the wasteland of battle. His primary goal was to uncover the truth of the world with the clear accuracy of a journalist, but he came out of the war a poet, with terror seared into his psyche. In his book of poetry Dien Cai Dau, his simple language, dense imagery, and

  • Yusef Komunyakaa Analysis

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    Yusef Komunyakaa’s poem and Stephen Crane's excerpt factor similar and different events throughout their stories. While Crane’s piece is written from one man’s point of view, Komunyakaa uses the collective voice of a group of soldiers. In Crane’s excerpt, it talks more about fighting, what’s happening and going on in the war. In the poem, it talks more about what the soldiers do to mask their feelings and their emotions to stay strong and not get distracted thinking of memories of family. Although

  • Yusef Komunyakaa Facing It

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    “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa uses many literary techniques to describe the man’s internal battle due to events he had seen in the Vietnam War. As Yusef examines the wall, he sees names and is reminded of his fellow comrades who lost their lives. Yusef has an internal struggle because he really does not know what to feel. He is really conflicted by the wall. The title really explains how Yusef is feeling. He is facing the fact that he was in a terrible time in his life called war. Yusef feels like

  • Nostalgia And Homecoming In The Cold Mountain

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    Nostalgia and homecoming are two linked themes, both of them relate to the subject of returning home, either just in thought or physically coming home, and the emotions that are stirred up by that return. The movie Cold Mountain demonstrates that set of emotions that people often experience while being away from home, for whatever reason, and while trying to get back home. The movie takes place during a civil war and all of the characters are experiencing feelings of home sickness and nostalgia as

  • Blackberries Yusef Komunyakaa Analysis

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    Yusef Komunyakaa composed Blackberries in 1992 who told the story of himself as a little boy who picked berries and sold them for a living. In Blackberries, Yusef Komunyakaa fixated on the theme of social class by utilizing imagery, metaphors, and allusions to depict the poem. Yusef balanced between the world of wealthy and poor; usage of plethora images and metaphors to illustrate the boy’s perplexed lifestyle while living in a rural world.     In the poem was the continuous use of imagery, which

  • Facing It By Yusef Komunyakaa Analysis

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    The poem “Facing It,” by Yusef Komunyakaa is a heart wrenching story of a man who was in the Vietnam War. He is recounting the lost and maimed of the war. The author himself served in the Vietnam War. This poem has many accurate depictions of the struggles felt by the veterans coming home from this highly controversial war. The personification seen in the story catches the attention of the reader in a way that almost makes the reader feel as though they themselves are in D.C. staring into the wall

  • Facing It By Yusef Komunyakaa Summary

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    The Poem “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa is a poem about the memorial veterans and memory of the Vietnam War. The poem is about a black man visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This man served in the Vietnam War and he is lucky that he did not lie down like other soldiers. The poem’s purpose is to remind us about the Vietnam War and how sadness it is to experiencing the loss of our soldiers. To completely understand “Facing It,” It helps to examine the three elements theme, Tone, and symbol. The

  • Yusef Komunyakaa Facing It Analysis

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    Yusef Komunyakaa, the author of “Facing It,” is a Vietnam Veteran who appears to write as a means to express his grief, pain, and postwar experiences. Being a Veteran myself and having been to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. several times, I empathize with Komunyakaa. The first thing I noticed upon walking down the path to the monument was how quiet and peaceful it was, yet the sorrow and pain was deeply rooted. I located the names of family, friends, and the MIA Marine’s name “CAPT RICHARD

  • Analysis Of Naked Interrogation By Yusef Komunyakaa

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    made for individuals to express their emotions in a more conceptual manner through drawings, works of art, photography, and composing. Yusef Komunyakaa communicates his feelings through verse. Be that as it may, he doesn 't determine precisely what he implies by his words leaving his poems open to translation. The poem that he wrote, "Naked Interrogation ', Komunyakaa talks about a lady stripping down in preparation for sex with her war veteran partner in the wake of cross examining him with numerous

  • Pleasure Dome By Yusef Komunyakaa Summary

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    In Yusef Komunyakaa’s, Pleasure Dome, he writes a collection of poems on war, music, and sexual relations. The poems came from works of his time as being a journalist in the Vietnam war, books he wrote in his pastime, and many of the poems are new. The poems throughout the book showcase very meaningful themes and symbols. In contrast, many of the other poems deal with racial conflicts and other major issues during this time. In his poems “We never know” and “Facing it,” he tells the story of his

  • Analysis Of My Father's Love Letters By Yusef Komunyakaa

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    Familial Redemption Yusef Komunyakaa’s “My Father’s Love Letters” and Li-Young Lee’s “Persimmons” are poems about the familial relationship between a father and a child and the understanding between the two. In Komunyakaa’s poem, the child writes letters to his mother as his father dictates what to say in order to woo back his wife. In Lee’s poem traces the speaker’s life as a whole going back from childhood to adulthood as he tries to get assimilated into a new culture and how that has affected

  • Essay Outline: Facing It

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    Outline I. Introduction A. Facing It B. Thesis: In the poem Facing It, Yusef Komunyakaa caught my attention because of the title, and how Yusef explains the meaning of his title, by the way he describes the wall, and the types of speech he uses in the poem. II. The title A: The way Yusef describes the meaning of the title. 1. Facing It involves a wall memorial, engraved on the wall are names of deceased veterans. 2. Yusef sees the memorial as a resemblance of himself in some ways as he says “my

  • The Chameleon Couch

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    Being a result of the environment he grew up around, the poet Yusef Komunyakaa has an extensive amount of poetry revolving around the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. However, it wasn’t until he was in college and able to process his experience through it all that he began to write poetry. Having many collections of poetry relating back to those days, one of his most notable works is The Chameleon Couch, which was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry. In the book, he recounts

  • Literary Analysis Of 'Blackberries' By Yusef Kounyakaa

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    The poem " Blackberries" by Yusef Komunyakaa recounts the narrative of a boy who gradually loses his purity. While gathering blackberries in the woods his hands are covered by the juices from the blackberries as he picks them. The young care free boy secures a feeling of happiness from this physical work and considers it to be noteworthy work. Be that as it may, as will see this sort of noteworthiness is lost. This poem passes on the account of the acknowledgment of a lost youth. This is done using

  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Themes

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    1. One Art, Elizabeth Bishop(1202). Facing it, Yusef Komunyakaa (1355). Loss is intertwined in our everything and sticks with us through the sands of time. But accepting loss for what it is and “facing it”(Komunyakaa 1355) is the first step in a gradual recovery, if there is one. Bishop and Komunyakaa, both, emotionally illustrate the vulnerability left behind by loss and while neither of the two offers a clear solution, they show us that loss is part of being human. We obviously can not just embrace

  • Comparing The Necklace, The Golden Touch, And Avarice

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    Want VS. Need “To be happy in life you must learn the difference between what you want vs need” (unknown). Most people who can not decipher between want and need don not appreciate life and objects to the fullest. An imbalance of these things can cause unhappiness, bad relationships, and debt. Deciding between things people want and what is need can be hard. The pain of having an imbalance is shown in The Necklace, The Golden Touch, and Avarice. The short story The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassaut

  • We Did Not Fear The Father Essay

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    The Dark Truth In the contemporary world, a person’s success is usually determined by their job and because of this social norm, most of one’s life is spent attempting to live up to this expectation. Individuals possess vast dreams to hold highly ranked jobs and be content while doing so. However, the harsh reality is that people do not always necessarily meet society’s definition of “success.” There are several factors as to why, under certain circumstances, one cannot hold an affluent occupation