Analysis Of The Poem ' September Cotton Flower ' By Jean Toomer
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New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings…” – Lao Tzu
Whenever a scene of a movie approaches where a debacle unravels or innocent lives are jeopardized, audiences grip their chairs in anticipation for help to come or for a hero to spring into action and save lives. Similarly, in many circumstances, no matter how dire an event might seem, there is always a beacon of hope amongst doleful situations. From every ending comes a new beginning. The poem, “November Cotton Flower”, written by Jean Toomer, describes (the conditions when slaves were under the Harlem Renaissance) the conditions in which slaves were under during the Harlem Renaissance where there seems to be no prospect for a brighter future for the slaves in the society. Throughout the poem, Toomer develops his theme of hope and desire for a brighter future by exhausting literary devices such as metaphors, structure, and imagery.
“The November Cotton Flower” is a poem that not only depicts a late autumn setting where the cotton season comes to an end, but also captures the agony and essence of slavery with the usage of metaphors and similes. In the poem, a product of Harlem renaissance, Jean Toomer illustrates the everyday-life struggles of the African Americans by conveying his point of view through depleting metaphors of the growing season. Taking place in a dismal landscape, the sonnet portrays the cotton of being wilted due to horrible weather conditions. The cotton, the town’s main cash crop, is “as