Black Finger

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“The Black Finger” Angelina Grimke’s poem, “The Black Finger” is one of the shortest poems that we have read this year. As far as I’m concerned, it is also one of the most intriguing poems that we have read this year. I have read the poem at least thirty or forty times trying to pick up on new things that I may have missed before. In all of my readings I haven’t necessarily picked up on any new words or phrases that lead me to believe new things. I have, however, formed new visions of what she is trying to say and why she uses certain things and objects in the text. After you talked about it in class, you pretty much convinced me that she was just painting a picture of a beautiful scene that included a sunset and a tree, and…show more content…
You’ve came from such sorrow but you now have these things going for you. You have no reason not to be, so stand up, be proud, and tell us all why you are pointing upwards. I am not completely sold on this idea but I also think that Grimke might have said “pointing upwards” as a sign that maybe the black race is on the rise and moving up in the world. It could also possibly be foretelling that they will be on the rise. I talked in the paragraph before about the gold in the sky. When she talks about the tree pointing up, I think that the finger is possibly pointing to the gold. It is pointing to what is to come for the African American people.
In the poem, Grimke uses many descriptive words to describe the tree, finger, or black person. Whichever it truly is. “Sensitive”. “Exquisite”. “Beautiful”. I think that anybody would probably use these words if they were talking about their own people. But the thing I like about this is that these descriptive words really seem to describe the black people, or writers, during the Harlem Renaissance. They are really coming into their own during this time period and the words sensitive and exquisite are perfect for what was going on at that time.
The only part of the poem that I haven’t discussed is the question at the end where she asks “Why, beautiful, still finger are you black?” I pretty much have a theory for the rest of the poem and reasons to back it up, but I am
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