What is remarkable about Four Women is the skillful yet overt approach to dealing with a sensitive construct. The song is
To start off, the first stanza in her song represents a sense of how unavoidable change is and how the confusion of the bond combined with the stress of the blame game can lead to a doomed
“Something More” by Tracey Moffatt is a formal and stylistic experimentation photography and her work draws on her own childhood memories, popular culture, as well as the history seen in still cinema, art and photography. Apparent in her works are themes such as childhood cruelties in suburban life, the mutiny of stereotypes and relations between white and black Australians. In her works, referencing to the artist’s own life and experiences, Tracey Moffatt draws on her Aboriginal background as a foster child growing up in Brisbane in a foster family in the sixties, avidly consuming images from magazines, films and television.
On the other hand, Lorde presents a unified front. Using pronouns such as we and our, she not only unifies the all women but includes herself as well. As opposed to the many yous, mes, and thems in Welty’s work, there is a distinct contrast formed between the two. Although all women are not represented by Lorde’s work, it can be expected that many women were in the same mindset during the socially transforming time after the 1960s when feminism became more widespread (Freedman). Lorde sets up an environment where women are free to express themselves and are accepted as equals, and in this the women are unified. In using poetry to engage the self and then create transformation, the women are to do this together. The language created by poetry
A comparison of Sharon Olds’ “Still Life in Landscape” with Linda Pastan’s “I Am Learning to Abandon the World.”
The artist wants the audience to feel his substantial affection for Delilah, and how it is unchanging even though they are separated by distance. He appeals to the audience’s emotions of admiration, compassion, and longing for another person. The artist does this by singing about his extensive love for Delilah, which may lead people to think of someone they themselves care deeply about, or an example of love in their life.
Within the first two verses of the song, this young woman presents an issue that is all too common for many people. She has big dreams and wants to make a name for herself, but to succumb to making that dream a reality, she would have to desert the loved ones that have made
In the poem "To the Men of England" Percy Bysshe Shelley calls upon the people of England to come out and do something regarding their oppression state. The poet addresses the issue that affected the working class of England following the Napoleonic Wars. She uses a series of appropriate analogy and though-inducing questions to invite the 'Men of England' who were affected by the economic depression to think about the current conditions that they live under the rule of unappreciative lords and take actions against this injustice. In the poem "Go Slow" Langston Hughes talks to himself as he ponders on how long he will continue suffering from the injustices of the masters. They prohibit him from living, eating and working in that place, yet they ask to wait and go slow on taking any action against the injustice that he is experiencing. He wonders how he will survive without eating, living or working there yet he is human and not a supreme being hence needs all this for his survival. Though written in two different historical periods, the two poems address the issue of exploitation and oppression of low-class people by their masters. The two poems use poetic devices such as word and end-rhyme repetitions and figurative language though Shelly uses a more imperative and harsher tone while Hughes uses a sarcastic tone to support the meaning and importance of the poems.
Her first line reveals that the following emotional breakdown is a result of standing by as an opportunity comes and goes (Jones qtd. in Kimbrough). Jones wishes that she could go back and make a different decision, but it is too late. The speaker proceeds to lament the missed chance with a lover, her regret made evident in the repeated line, “ I don’t know why I didn’t come” (Jones qtd. in Kimbrough). Presented simultaneously with the text, the song strengthens the idea that failing to take action leads to sorrow.
Lorna Dee Cervantes' poem, “Poema para los Californios Muertos” (“Poem for the Dead Californios”), is a commentary on what happened to the original inhabitants of California when California was still Mexico, and an address to the speaker's dead ancestors. Utilizing a unique dynamic, consistently alternating between Spanish and English, Cervantes accurately represents the fear, hatred, and humility experienced by the “Californios” through rhythm, arrangement, tone, and most importantly, through use of language.
The woman being described in Maxine’s poem is confident in her own skin, where Maxine says, “The woman I am in my dreams, is taller than I am, she sees the world as she walks” this suggests that the woman always has her head up high and takes in the world as she walks. The woman wears red “spike heels” and “that woman walks only when she feels like not running, not jogging” would suggest the woman is physically capable of both running and walking. The verse “they don’t hide under long skirts; her legs and feet are well” would elude that the woman in the poem isn’t afraid to show off her legs which would support the idea that she is physically able.
There are many forms to write a poem, and two distinct ways are as a sonnet or a villanelle. These two style of poetry have their own way in expressing the author’s message to the reader. In fact, sonnets, according to the text, are “defined as . . . lyric[s] (reference to moods and feelings) poem of fourteen lines. The sonnet will follow one or another of several set rhyme schemes. . . . [T]he sonnet came to life as a vehicle to convey love messages and passions.” By this definition, I can say that sonnets provides the poet with a tool, which they use to share a strong, emotionally based, statement.
Consider the opening line. Do you sense that the narrator is relived or yearning for something she can never have again? Explain why you feel the way you do.
What exactly does Christina Aguilera try to convey? According to her words along with personal interviews of the true meaning of this stanza in her song, Beautiful, Christina Aguilera approaches the reader and listener with her profound emotions. She perceives that through immense pressure and criticism, she is still "beautiful."
Some of the poems and essays I have read during this class were relatable to me. Being away from college, I have struggled with not being at home. I have become a different person when I am at school, but when I am home, I feel like I am my normal self again. Some of these authors of the poems and essays that I have read throughout this class has struggled with being somewhere where they don’t belong and that they are someone else when they are not home. Unlike the other poems and essays we have read throughout the course. I enjoyed reading the ones about “home” because I actually understood what they are going through and that I can relate. Some of these poems and essays include “Going Home” by Maurice Kenny, Postcard from Kashmir”, by Agha Shahid Ali, “Returning” by Elias Miguel Munoz and “Hometown” by Luis Cabalquinto. All of these poems deal with duality.