Comparative Analysis of African American: An Annotated Bibliography
Angelou, Maya. “Africa”. The Norton Introduction to Literature 11th ed. New York: 2013 print Norton Mays, Kelly Wheatley, Phillis. “On Being Brought from Africa to America” The Norton Introduction to Literature. 11th ed. Ed. Spencer Richardson-Jones. New York: Norton, 2013 The main point of this poem is Maya Angelou talking about her homeland, Africa. The narrator starts to describe the land of Africa by using Angelou’s body as a representation. Then proceeded to describe how white people came and invaded her land, thus invading her body. The white people came and killed her people, took and sold her people, and enforced their religious beliefs. However, instead of carrying a tone of sad regret over those events, the narrator describes her strength, that despite those events in Angelou’s life she continues to move on and be strong.
This poem is a very eye opening and a useful poem. This poem is helpful because it helps shape my argument. By using her body as a representation of who she is, it provides me an understanding of her land. Knowing yourself and imagining how it would feel if someone came and invaded you, this provides the reader a sense of sadness and understanding. But in the end, it encourages you to continue despite your hardships. The second poem is about Phillis Wheatley being brought from Africa and into America and how she learned the religion of the land. However, in the midst of it