We live in a patriarchal society were inequalities amongst men and women are still very prevalent. We are improving, but every day we are striving to fight for more equality amongst the sexes, especially when it comes to voicing opinions. Women are often shunned from the thought of being outspoken, still based on the old beliefs that women should be “seen, not heard”. This collection of poetry is dedicated to giving a voice to one of the most silenced demographics in America, black women. All of these poems are written by African American women throughout various stages of their life. Within these poems, the inner thoughts, sentiments, and viewpoints that five women have on society will be showcased through their own narrative, similar to an entry in their diary.
Note that the tile of this collection is “The Diary of a Black Woman”, not, “The Diaries of Black Women”. This was done intentionally to address that fact that women are dynamic and complex beings, and one aspect of their life does not represent them as a whole. That is why throughout this anthology, each poet and each poem serves as a diary entry about a life experience that a black woman may encounter and inquiry about. Collectively, this makes the sum of all the entries represent the diary a single women.
This diary contains 5 entries, titled “Celebration of Endurance, Awakening, Lain No More, Inner Doubts, and Branching Out”. The titles represents a theme expressed by the poem the diary entry portrays. The first entry, “Celebration of Endurance” contains the poem “for deLawd” by Lucille Clifton. This poem is has earned this tile because the speaker is explaining the origins of her strength, and how she ca...
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...ulthood. This poem was chosen to represent that black women don’t have to have everything put together and put up a strong, perfect persona all the time. It is alright to be afraid, selfish worrisome, or scared, because those are natural feelings of life. This diary entry represents insecurity
The final entry “Branching Out” contains the poem “a woman is not a potted plant” by Alice Walker. This poem earns this title because it is expressing the desire to branch out of society’s image of what a women is and how she should conduct herself. This poem is branching out of the norm and expressing how free-forming women are and is embracing their identity. This diary entry represents non-conformity.
Together, all of these poems represent strength, knowledge, pain, insecurity, and non-conformity, which are all attributes of a black woman that she writes about in her diary.
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