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Themes Of Simile By Navarre Scott Momaday AndWe Wear The Mask?

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The two poems I chose to analyze are Simile by Navarre Scott Momaday and We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar. These poets have differing upbringings and backgrounds that shape their poetry. While both poems have completely separate meanings, poetic devices, and point of views, they both have a sense of similarity. Each poem has a relating theme of having to appease the world, but also have individual themes according to the writing in itself. Navarre Scott Momaday is a Native American poet that was born on February 27th, 1934 in Oklahoma. After Navarre received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, he furthered his academic career at Stanford University receiving his master and Ph.D. degree. He has been awarded the Golden Plate Award, Academy of American Poets Prize, Premio Letterario Internationale “Mondello”, and other honorable achievements. His novels and other poems commonly reflected off of his Indian culture and tribal stories. Paul Laurence Dunbar is an African American born in June 27th, 1872 in Ohio. Paul’s mother told him stories of her life as a slave when he was a child, leading him to further write stories about the life of slaves in the South when he was older. Paul wasn’t ever financially stable enough to attend college but he became known through networking and pursed his career even through illness. Tuberculosis and other healthy issues took his life at the age of thirty- three but Paul never stopped writing his novels, short
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