Analysis Aint No Grave Poems

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Ain’t No Grave: What We Call Tears and The Opened Door Write-Up The section “What We Call Tears” encompasses a variety of poems that contain similar themes of darkness, hopelessness, loss, frustration, and abandonment. Through these themes, the reader is able to emotionally transport themselves so as to understand events such as the historical lynching of African Americans and deep losses in relationships. Therefore, TJ Jarrett writes these particular poems to show the darkness and horror of African Americans past. This section begins and ends with themes of darkness and loss. Furthermore, the middle poems accompany these same themes and reveal insight into the main speaker of the first and last poems of this section. The section begins with “The Beauty of Failed Things,” a poem that discusses a person’s depression because his/her lover is gone. The poem states, “[there] is nowhere else to go, no farther to fall” showing the hopelessness and darkness of this poem. The section ends with “After You Kissed Me,” which discusses a lover choosing to spend the “dark times” with someone rather than leaving the person. I argue that this last poem is a continuation of the first poem mentioned above as the person finally decides to remember the darkness that has resulted from the loss of this person, instead of forgetting what has occurred. The middle poems in this section allow me to make this association. They are a continuation of the themes mentioned above, but they also address historical events such as the rape of Cordella Stevenson and the lynching of Mary Turner. These poems mention the darkness of these events and the “silent protests” occurring because of the false accusations against these African American people. Therefore, through the consistent mentioning of the inequality of African Americans, the reader can gain insight to the speakers of the first
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