Analyzing Una Marson’s poetry is seemingly hard, unless you know her relation to topics. Marson was born in Jamaica, and then later travelled to England to work for BBC. She travelled to and from England and Jamaica throughout her life, and finally passed in Jamaica. Marson’s poetry is often about living in Jamaica or about living in London, but she writes in many different perspectives. An example of this would be In Jamaica, this poem seems as though it is written in the perspective of living outside of Jamaica. But, In Jamaica is written as though it can be a description in a catalogue for a tourist wanting to visit this country to show all of its perks. For example the first line, “ O! the sun shines warm in Jamaica” (1) and continues “the …show more content…
This voice can be read as very sarcastic at times because of the ‘catalogue description’ of Jamaica. This voice is pointing out the aspects of Jamaica to ultimately choose to leave or not, which is connecting to Marson’s life as well. Although this is not a memoir or even suppose to be a factual life event, it can be viewed as Marson’s voice and character choosing to leave Jamaica and move to London. Through the whole poem, the character points out positives and negatives of Jamaica but in the last stanza finally show the characters decisions to leave Jamaica for another country. But before the final stanza, Marson describes a country for what seems to only be tourism, which in the characters view seems to be negative and can only make the debate easy to attain. Marson writes, “should I leave these fair shores for another, be that land yet the fairest of all, I should pine for the hills of Jamaica and hasten to answer her call.” (37-40) The change of tone is also very apparent, no longer sarcastic but very serious, as the character is choosing the final resolution. This stanza leaves the reader wondering what the character chooses, but with all the sarcastic views on the tourist part of Jamaica it can be easily determined that leaving Jamaica is in the best option. And in Marson’s life, it is apparent that she did leave and move to London as well. So, it can be connected that this character did the same as Marson and in …show more content…
This piece of Caribbean literature illustrates the concept and struggle to leave a life behind for a better place. The poem is written with every stanza starting with “O!,” and then a compliment about Jamaica, as though it is a great place to live but then continues the stanza with bad conditions of living, except the last stanza to conclude the characters conflict ends with the decision to leave or not. Marson uses as lot of imagery in this poem to give the reader the same attachment to the country as much as her. The imagery helps the reader also understand the view living there and the view of someone going to vacation in Jamaica. The vivid description of the beauty in Jamaica is seen in every stanza and the amenities it has, but mostly in the fourth stanza, “there’s golf, there’s dancing, and swimming. And charms that they ne’er saw before”(27-28) makes it seem as though someone is reading the catalogue and its perks of Jamaica out loud. The stanza continues with, “they call it a garden of Eden”(29) Marson makes a biblical reference which is know to be a beautiful place of trees and water. This reference illuminates the description of Jamaica because the garden of Eden known to be a magical, beautiful place that is perfect and to connect these two places and say they a similar means that Marson believes this place to be everything of the
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Throughout this poem the speaker contemplates stealing a book of poetry. The poet Julia Alvarez gives the action of stealing the book a deeper meaning while portraying the significance of the book to the speaker. Julia Alvarez does this through the use of many poetic devices. Throughout this excerpt of the poem “On Not Shoplifting Louise Bogan's ‘The Blue Estuaries’” by Julia Alvarez, the poet conveys the speaker's discoveries through the use of imagery and diction in order to portray the overall meaning of the work as a whole.
...ment in which the story takes place. His ellaborate description of the llano shows you the beauty of Spanish America and helps you to understand the restless culture of the vaqueros who wander across it. Also, Anaya gives you a detailed description of El Puerto. The village in which the Lunas reside. The imagery in this description also helps you to understand the culture of the farmers, the calm and quiet people who plant their crops by the light of the moon and live in peace. Imagery plays and important role in this novel because without it, certain aspects such as the point of views of both the Lunas and the Marez faimy, would never be understood .
In this poem, there is a young woman and her loving mother discussing their heritage through their matrilineal side. The poem itself begins with what she will inherit from each family member starting with her mother. After discussing what she will inherit from each of her family members, the final lines of the poem reflect back to her mother in which she gave her advice on constantly moving and never having a home to call hers. For example, the woman describes how her father will give her “his brown eyes” (Line 7) and how her mother advised her to eat raw deer (Line 40). Perhaps the reader is suggesting that she is the only survivor of a tragedy and it is her heritage that keeps her going to keep safe. In the first two lines of the poem, she explains how the young woman will be taking the lines of her mother’s (Lines 1-2). This demonstrates further that she is physically worried about her features and emotionally worried about taking on the lineage of her heritage. Later, she remembered the years of when her mother baked the most wonderful food and did not want to forget the “smell of baking bread [that warmed] fined hairs in my nostrils” (Lines 3-4). Perhaps the young woman implies that she is restrained through her heritage to effectively move forward and become who she would like to be. When reading this poem, Native American heritage is an apparent theme through the lifestyle examples, the fact lineage is passed through woman, and problems Native Americans had faced while trying to be conquested by Americans. Overall, this poem portrays a confined, young woman trying to overcome her current obstacles in life by accepting her heritage and pursuing through her
She started her book with tourism and ended it with it too. The tourists were the most important things that happen to their island. There were tourists in the island from the start. They had a big effect on the people of the island and their country. A lot of money came from them and a lot of places belonged to them. The tone of the author when she talked about tourists was filled with hates. She hated them and didn’t want them in their island. She hated them because it was her home, but she was the one that feels like a slave and unwelcome. Those people weren’t just tourists, some of them became the residents. People who stayed there and turned it to their home and acted like the island belong to them and not the original residents. They built their own buildings and then didn’t let the Antiguans to enter. They treated them unwelcome. “We Antiguans thought that the people in the Mill Reef Club had such bad manners, like pigs: they were behaving in a bad way. Like pigs. There they were, strangers in someone else’s home, and they refused to talk to their hosts or have anything human, anything intimate, to do with them” (Kincaid 27). They welcomed the tourists. They gave them a place to live and a food to eat, but they didn’t pay them back with kindness and that’s another reason that she hated
Sometimes the beauty of it seems unreal…” She then goes on to describe its beauty like the clouds couldn’t be any whiter, or how the darkness fades, and the gorgeous sunshine surrounds them all the time. This explanation is capped off by her statement, “And what might it do to the ordinary people who live in this way…what might it do to them to live such heightened, intense surroundings day after day?” I agree with her explanation about Antigua being too beautiful, and how the people who live there, nothing can compare to it, even when they are treated poorly for so
...Moreover, the antithesis in “fine big house” and “shack” reflects the unbridgeable gulf between the two races. At the same time, it heightens the issue of segregation and racial discrimination which the African-Americans are suffering from. Meanwhile, words like “wonder”, “neither”, and “nor” show Hughes’ bitter sense of estrangement since he is unable to determine to which race he belongs. Thus, the poem is also a reminder by Hughes to his people of the tragic consequences of this social system on the mulatto offspring who have no place in either race. In this poem, Hughes dramatizes the inherent tensions of a mulatto who resents his mixed origins and ascribes his failure in life to it. Though blaming his parents at the beginning for his dilemma, Hughes ends by forgiving them and pitying himself for his dislocation and disenfranchisement from the American society.
Therefore, Oliver’s incorporation of imagery, setting, and mood to control the perspective of her own poem, as well as to further build the contrast she establishes through the speaker, serves a critical role in creating the lesson of the work. Oliver’s poem essentially gives the poet an ultimatum; either he can go to the “cave behind all that / jubilation” (10-11) produced by a waterfall to “drip with despair” (14) without disturbing the world with his misery, or, instead, he can mimic the thrush who sings its poetry from a “green branch” (15) on which the “passing foil of the water” (16) gently brushes its feathers. The contrast between these two images is quite pronounced, and the intention of such description is to persuade the audience by setting their mood towards the two poets to match that of the speaker. The most apparent difference between these two depictions is the gracelessness of the first versus the gracefulness of the second. Within the poem’s content, the setting has been skillfully intertwined with both imagery and mood to create an understanding of the two poets, whose surroundings characterize them. The poet stands alone in a cave “to cry aloud for [his] / mistakes” while the thrush shares its beautiful and lovely music with the world (1-2). As such, the overall function of these three elements within the poem is to portray the
The poem America by Claude McKay is on its surface a poem combining what America should be and what this country stands for, with what it actually is, and the attitude it projects amongst the people. Mckay uses the form of poetry to express how he, as a Jamaican immigrant, feels about America. He characterizes the bittersweet relationship between striving for the American dream, and being denied that dream due to racism. While the America we are meant to see is a beautiful land of opportunity, McKay see’s as an ugly, flawed, system that crushes the hopes and dreams of the African-American people.
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