In the poem Angelou uses repetition and metaphors to convey to readers how she overcame racism. Angelou does an exceptional job of showing her strength through oppression, showing her struggles of being an African American female in America and she effectively shows how she overcomes racism. The poem “Still I Rise” is about overcoming oppression with grace and moving on despite the hateful words and actions of oppressors. The poem is written with Maya Angelou herself as the speaker. It is written in the present tense displaying that she has overcome all her hardships.
Throughout her poetry especially in these three poems Emily Dickenson used many different elements of poetry to express her thoughts. The two elements of poetry that will be mention in this essay are imagery, theme, and symbolism. In both poems I Like a Look of Agony, and I Measure Every Grief I Meet there is a theme of grief. In I Like a Look of Agony line 1-2 states “I like a look of Agony,/ Because I know it’s true-” This quote express how much Emily Dickson values the truth that is express on people’s face’s when they are faced with grief. To Dickson people pretended to be something that they are not many times.
The poem Still I Rise by African American poet, Maya Angelou. She is a 20th century poet, who uses her voice to broadcast the oppression and hardship that African American women face. Maya Angelou spoke for those who don’t have the ability to or courage as well as using life struggles and accomplishments to uplift and give power back to the African American population especially towards women. The poem consist of many different tones of voice, varying from playful, defiant, and bitter, this help Maya Angelou beautify showing the strength and the endurance of the black women. Despite, the ever presence barriers that are set in place by the oppressors ( colonial powers, rich-poor gap etc.)
Poems are meant to give one an experience or emotion that will have lasting effects on the reader. To create this experience or emotion authors use poetic devices that gives impact to the poem. In the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, she uses the poetic device imagery, repetition, and figurative language to show her feelings of bitterness, but also create the theme of overcoming or rising above. Maya Angelou was an African American poet who grew up in a time when there was a lot of discrimination towards African Americans and especially the African American women. Because of this she had to deal with a lot of hate and discrimination towards her through most of her life.
Tone in Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus" In “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath, the speaker’s tone is revealed through many different poetic aspects. Throughout her writing, the speaker’s attitude towards death appears to be happy but, when looking more closely at Plath’s use of poetic devices her attitude is bitter. Shown mainly through the diction, images, sounds and repetition, this depressing tone emphasizes the speaker’s feelings about death. First, diction or word choice used throughout this poem depicts apart the meaning and stresses the tone. Next, the images used to describe the speaker’s experiences with death shows the emotions and thoughts that go through the speaker’s mind concerning death.
With both of her parents gone at the age of 14 this reality hit her hard she had nobody to help her through it and this played a huge role in her writing but also developing as a person. Most of her work date back to Eatonville where she keeps African American culture super real and this is what most people gave her hate for. They thought she was illiterate, “Hurston received a lot of criticism in her time by other writers, some of whom were also involved in the Harlem Renaissance.” Throughout her writing career, she was constantly being told that what she was doing was not right even by fellow writers of the Harlem Renaissance. This reveals a lot about Hurston's life in that most were against her and not just
Maud Martha is a story that illustrates the many issues that a young black girl faces while growing up in a ‘white, male driven’ society. One aspect of Martha that is strongly emphasized on the book is her low self-image and lack of self-esteem. Martha feels that she is inferior for several reasons, but it is mainly the social pressures that she faces and her own blackness that contribute to these feelings of inferiority. It is through these depictions that we are able to identify with the feelings of the writer. Gwendolyn Brooks wrote an autobiography that reveals many her attitudes, tendencies and criticisms.
Wells has big problems her identity, the way black women were treated, and stereotypes of blacks. In Wells’ younger days, she struggled tremendously with the concept of identity. She did not know who she was, where shit fit in, or what crowd she was in part. In her diary, she talks of how she despises racism and blacks who forget their culture, yet when it comes to her looks she dresses to the “white” standard of a proper lady. Wells does not even notice this as it is not just her, but a mindset that has already been developing around her which she has taken on, that the “white” standard of dress is what is proper.
“I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back” (brainyquote.com). Being an African-American woman growing up in the early-mid 1900’s, Angelou quickly learned to “throw things back” at ridiculers. Maya Angelou is an author who has inspired people across the globe through her writing. Angelou experienced racial prejudice early in her life, and persevered to find her writing voice (bio.com) Angelou mainly writes about civil and women’s rights, giving a voice of hope to those that feel oppressed. Overall, Angelou is a spirited poet that has rallied millions across the globe with her works, by giving comfort to those in need, and by giving hope to the hopeless.
She used alliteration and stanza to emphasize certain parts. “Memory will lay its hands up your breast and you will understand My hatred” This line shows the metaphorical usage Bennett uses in the poem Hatred to emphasize how strong the hate she has for whomever. Imagery is another tool she uses in her poetry. Fauset’s uses imagery in her poetry to allow the reader to imagine what she is exactly describing. There was usage of metaphor within her poem La Vie C’est La Vie (“And there’s a man whose lightest word can set my chilly blood afire.” The tone with in her poetry seems to be upbeat.