Clifton Essays

  • Quilting - Foxes in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton

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    Quilting - Foxes in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton In 1942 Virginia Woolf read a paper to the Women’s Service League about "The Angel in the House." For Woolf, this "Angel" represented the voice in the back of the mind of a woman that was saying, "Never let anybody guess that you have a mind of your own" (1346). During Woolf’s time a woman was not supposed to write critically. Rather, a woman was supposed to "be sympathetic; be tender; flatter; deceive; use all the arts and wiles of her sex."

  • Quilting - The Feminist Dynamic of Lucille Clifton

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    The Feminist Dynamic of Lucille Clifton Quilting bees were occasions for women to gather bringing discarded scraps of material, which they masterfully transformed, into works of art. The bee was also a social gathering where women told tales, exchanged ideas, and encouraged one another. Lucille Clifton's collection of poetry entitled Quilting continues the wonderful tradition by skillfully bringing together poems that entertain, inform, and encourage. Two of Clifton's poems, "eve's version"

  • Invisible Man Essay: Puppet or Puppeteer?

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    doll imagery. This small tissue paper doll has the capability to completely change the Invisible Man. When he sees that the powerful and enigmatic Clifton is the one hawking the abominable dolls, the narrator is so filled with humiliation and rage that he spits upon the dancing figure. But what is it that has caused this surging of fury? It is Tod Clifton and not the narrator who has degraded himself to such a base level. However, it is our narrator's sudden comprehension of his own situation that

  • Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient

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    Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient The limited character in Michael Ondaatje’s novel, The English Patient, was Almásy. Almásy was a man who was burned from head to toe, and whose identity is unrecognizable thus making him a limited character. The novel takes place in a villa where the man was being taken care of by Hana, a young nurse who stayed behind to take care of Almásy while the rest of the nurses escaped to a safer place to stay. She calls him the English patient because of his accent

  • Rubin Carter: The Hurricane

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    point—Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was finally released from jail after 19 years of being wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he never committed. Rubin Carter in no way has experienced an easy life. He was born on May 6, 1937, in Clifton, New Jersey. At the time, Clifton was a very controversial place to live. Blacks were being treated unfairly from birth because of the color of their skin. When he was about seven he moved with his family to Paterson. At the young age of twelve, Carter was arrested

  • Lack of Forgiveness in Lucille Clifton's poem Forgiving My Father

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    author's father. "it is Friday." she says, "we have come to the paying of the bills." (1-2). But perhaps it doesn't necessarily mean that it is literally Friday, perhaps she just means it is the end, and maybe the debt isn't one of money, but of love. Clifton is using a monetary debt to symbolize a debt of love and affection. She uses this symbolism to show that by the end of the poem, she has forgiven her father, but it is not forgiveness as we would normally think of it. The poem begins by talking

  • Jimmy Clifton

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    Evaluation Essay The evaluated song in this essay is More by Jimmy Clifton, from his album I Love You All The More. The single was first released on YouTube in 2023 as one of his first Christian gospel songs. In More, Jimmy sings from the perspective of Jesus talking to a believer who is falling away from their faith. The song acts as a letter from the Lord to the person about their beliefs. It has a more modern gospel instrumental approach with a simple acoustic and bass guitar that is accompanied

  • Adaptation of Modern African-American Writers

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    must research and read to find out exactly how life was for those enslaved. The opinions and thoughts of those who endured and survived this wretched time are valuable pieces of information about what was happening. Modern writers, such as Lucille Clifton, adapt from previous writers. Without having lived during that particular time, modern African-American writers must rely on past authors and their knowledge of human nature to put forth accurate stories with the purpose of educating and informing

  • Use of Lucifer in Quilting

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    to lead us away from God and into his own realm of fear, torment, and undying agony. He is to be shunned and feared, lest he bring us to perdition. He is not human and he possesses none of the traits of a good person, only the bad ones. Lucille Clifton uses Lucifer in quite a number of her poems. She does not use him in the traditional role of the inhuman enemy who is to be feared. Rather, she imbues him with human qualities and shows him as a flawed being who was, nevertheless, loved and missed

  • Lucille Clifton Stop

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    In her poem "stop", Lucille Clifton calls attention to the AIDS epidemic occurring in Central and South Africa. The poem is dedicated to Nkosi Johnson, a child AIDS advocate that died at the age of 12 from the disease. Nkosi was one of the thousand African children that suffer from HIV-related health problems and Clifton is attempting to spread awareness for this crisis. Excluding the various "stops", the poem is written in the sonnet form of 8 lines in the first stanza and 6 lines in the second

  • Memory Lucille Clifton

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    discrimination is to feed into it with anger; loathing. The second way to handle prejudices is to ignore them. These two different viewpoints are demonstrated in Lucille Clifton’s poem “Memory” in her book of poems, Blessing the Boats. In this poem, Lucille Clifton uses both the speaker’s and the mother’s perspective to express two completely views

  • Lorenzo's Hometown

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    Lorenzo's Hometown Lorenzo Lujan grew up in Morenci, Arizona. His father worked in the Morenci Mine, and his brothers, brothers in law, uncles and his wife's family all worked in the mine. He said, "[Morenci] was like a big family--and I don't just mean literal family members, the whole town was a family. Morenci was the type of town where you didn't have to lock your doors at night; everybody knew everybody else." But he doesn't relish the idea of returning to his hometown. "Phelps Dodge

  • Cancer and Lucille Clifton's Poetry

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    important that those negative thoughts do not stay bottled inside you. Expressing these feelings can help aid in recovering. Lucille Clifton uses poetry as her therapy to bring out all the shadows in her life. From the beginning of her career with the publishing of Good News About the Earth in 1972 to the most recent addition, Mercy in 2004, we see how Clifton relies on her writing to capture her past. Lucille Clifton’s poetry traces the life of a strong woman imprisoned by loss and disease,

  • Lucille Clifton Thesis

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    Society has a way of making people think everyone should look a certain way but that's not true! Lucille Clifton, an inspiring poet, made sure of this throughout her poems ("Lucille Clifton") Enduring a lot of things in life as a child and adult Clifton still came out to be a strong woman. Lucille Clifton, author of "homage to my hips" grew up with an abusive father which contributes to her poem theme accepting one's body for what it is no matter what society says. Clifton's past, enduring sexual

  • Poetry of Lucille Clifton

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    According to Jocelyn Moody, the contemporary poet Lucille Clifton was born on June 27, 1936 in Depew, NY. She was very smart and always proved it ever since she was young. As result, she graduated very young, at the age of sixteen. As soon as she graduated she graduated she received a scholarship to attend Howard University located in Washington, D.C. Two years after, in 1955 she transferred to the Fredonia State Teachers College. She met Fred Clifton; he thought philosophy at the University of Buffalo

  • Free Essays on Invisible Man: Defining Oneself

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    Defining Oneself in Invisible Man Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a novel which embodies the universal theme of self-discovery, of the search to figure out who one truly is in life which we all are embarked upon. Throughout the text, the narrator is constantly wondering about who he really is, and evaluating the different identities which he assumes for himself. He progresses from being a hopeful student with a bright future to being just another poor black laborer in New Your City to being

  • Lucile Clifton: Reflections of Triumph

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    racism and gender discrimination, Clifton challenged and overcame stereotypes about both blacks and women. Despite her early struggles, Clifton writes about her problems as she endeavors living to the fullest extent. As a child, Clifton remained thankful for her parents “gifts of poetry and storytelling” (Lupton 18). These experiences as an African-American living in an impoverished environment along with a lasting love for her community and family helped Clifton grow as a person and poet. Therefore

  • Analysis Of Brother Tond Clifton

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    narrator to develop himself from a naive southern boy into a mature activist. The scene with Ras the Exhorter confronting the narrator and his fellow brotherhood member, Tod Clifton, played an important role in this character finding his place. This confrontation started a chain reaction that eventually lead up to the death of Tod Clifton. This death allowed the narrator to become more aware of what he should do to fight racism, helped him see what he was blind to, which was his white supremacist brotherhood

  • Reflection Paper: The Clifton Strengths

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    The Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment with a fun experience that provided very useful information about myself. The questions were interesting and thought provoking. However, the time limit on each question meant that most responses were my first instinct or gut response. I think the time limit keeps a person from over thinking the questions and makes them respond with an answer that is true to who they are. I agree with the five strongest areas identified in my assessment which were strategic,

  • Two Different Attitudes, Two D

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    'Homage to my Hips'; and 'Her Kind';. The speakers in this stories have very different attitudes, and approaches in telling their story about the same topic. While talking about the oppression of women, both Lucille Clifton and Anne Sexton take the own stance on the situation. While Clifton expresses her proud and self-confident attitude, Sexton on the other hand speaks in a very snotty, self-righteous tone. Each of these extremely influential woman, that I will be talking about describe their own individual