Of Color Two Poets In Comparison Poem Analysis

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Of Color Two Poets in Comparison Aveyon T. Parker ENG 125 – Introduction to Literature Instructor Wanda Deffenbaugh April 18, 2013 Of Color Two Poets in Comparison Growing up in the sixties offered an experience of indifference for people of color. Born female, of color, and a product of the ‘50s and ‘60s, in itself was a time of disparity. African Americans for decades remained as second rate humans by society, and taught the brown color of their skin meant they were ugly. African Americans lost their sense of cultural pride because of slavery, and a social classification that placed their worth below cattle. The ‘50s and ‘60s offered nothing more than segregation, discrimination, and hardship as a child during those years. Although for any person, this makes life difficult. Others of mixed cultures embraced their racial heritage, taught to have pride, and a strong sense of self. The…show more content…
25). Usually the speaker is not the poet, but normally comes from the character the poet created. Although sometimes the voice may be someone in the poem but not a part of what is happening in the poem itself. In this case, Smith allows the main character to voice her opinion. She speaks from a first-person point of view. Personal experience may contribute to the deep emotion, and confusion she experienced not possessing foresight of what happens to the female body as it matures. The voice in “What it’s Like to Be a Black Girl (For Those of you Who Aren’t)” by Patricia Smith, as mentioned before, begins with an indication of one about to speak with experience. Then once again reemphasizes this fact saying “it being 9 years old and feeling like you’re not finished / like your edges are wild” (cited in Clugston, 2010, p. 11). According to “First-Person Narrators in Historical Fiction” written by William Martin he
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