The Poetry Pundits : Racism

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The Poetry Pundits: Racism

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Hello all, welcome back to another episode of The Poetry Pundits. I’m your host Max Millis, and in today’s podcast I will be analysing two poems by acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou. Angelou spent most of her childhood in Arkansas, and as an African American, experienced firsthand racial prejudices and discrimination at an early age. Angelou sadly passed in 2014; however she will forever be remembered as a prolific and widely-read poet, whose poetry was lauded for its influential depictions of black beauty, the strength of women, and the human spirit. In today’s podcast, the two poems I will be discussing remind us how deplorable and destructive racism is, as well as emphasizing how severely it disempowers people by devaluing their identity. I am referring to the eminent poems: ‘Equality’ and ‘Still I Rise’.
I reckon there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets. Leonard Cohen described poetry as, “the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” Poetry is perhaps the most extensive form of literature. It uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke feelings about the unique qualities of being a human – the human condition. It is often said that poetry gives its reader the power to feel as though they were there, experiencing the trauma, or, contrarily, the absolute contentment the poet experienced during a particular time…

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