Meditation on Yellow by Olive Senior

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Meditation on Yellow Olive Senior is a Jamaican poet who explores Caribbean history. Her poetry often conveys her displeasure of colonization and the suffering Caribbean people endured. Meditation on Yellow explores the colonization and exploitation process carried out by the Europeans. This poem strong conveys Senior discontentment as it relates to the exploitation of the land and the Amerindian tribe. It through the use of symbolism, language and repetition the brutality of colonization is conveyed. Symbolism is used to portray the harsh reality of colonization. In Meditation on Yellow "yellow" is symbolic of the innocence of the Amerindians and the purity in their mind and soul upon encountering the Whites.…show more content…
The striking, crude comparison stresses the need for equality and for readers to take note. Furthermore Olive Senior educates us that these Amerindian displayed passive resistance as they deliberately burnt the bread of the Europeans since they we treated badly. The phrase " for which management apologizes" certainly indicates they there was no remorse or sorry for these actions. The use of sarcasm highlight Senior 's hatred towards the colonization process and her view on the Europeans. Repetition is also used to place emphasis on the greedy and materialistic nature of the Europeans. This type of repetition is known as anaphora. The line " but it was gold in your mind gold in your eyes gold in the crown .. gold the prize " highlights the obsession these Europeans had with gold and their gluttonous nature. Moreover, their unreasonable wants and desires are also highlighted through repetition. This is noted in the line " want it strong wan it long want it black want it black want it green want it dread." Additionally there was repetition in the in line " silver was you armor silver the cross of your Lord ... silver the bullet I bite..." This repetition emphasizes the many different forms of silver and the destruction that the silver symbolizes . The silver was representative of Iron Age

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