It lets the reader become involved with the poem and allows them to have their own opinion and thoughts on each and every part. They all have a theme of standing up for yourself, fighting for your rights and being strong and overcoming pain and suffering. . Guyana is a place in the Caribbean place. She has used poetry as a way to show the deepest feelings, many of which come straight from conscience to paper with her use of enjambment. Nichols' work negates the utopian portrait of the plantation cultivated in The Sugar-Cane, just as the black female and black feminist perspectives informing it provide a timely supplement to the androcentrism characterizing the sugar poetry of the early 1970s.
This is here so it is a beacon of hope. She tries to use imagery to show how the slaves are 1616 Words 7 Pages To compare the ways in which these poems display the horrors of war. The two poems written by Grace Nichols are similar because both of them are about slavery. These sexually descriptive comments imply the stereotype of the black race as being very sexually active. This shows how much they disliked slaves but had to use them for work to make money.
In other places the poem does not rhyme at all so this poem has an inconsistent rhyme scheme. This is a powerful line that stands out from the rest of the poem. This also shows the venerability of the slaves. The sun in this poem is shown as a bad figure even though it gives life. This may have caused a stronger standpoint on her feelings as she has had a chance to reflect on what her background is and what her roots are about.
The Poet uses the sugar cane as a metaphor for black people trying to be strong and fight back against racism and to show that they are tough on the outside but sweet on the inside like the sugar cane. The stanzas are in columns to look like a field of sugar cane. These poems both offer the same major moral message to their readers, that we should all have racial equality. Poetry Backpack Series for Schools. There is an inconsistent stanza length throughout and there is one line that is long and sharp like a knife, which could be two short lines. Preview This chapter analyzes two collections of poems by Guyanese-born authors: Grace Nichols' I is a Long Memoried Woman 1983 and David Dabydeen's Slave Song 1984.
She addresses important ideas as well as using word choice and the metrical template to paint a clear picture of her perceptions… 1347 Words 6 Pages Compare and Contrast the ways in which the poet describes the breakdown if the relationship. The slaves only have power over the sugarcane and nothing else. Baby Fish and Other Stories. Creole gives rhythm and a deeper meaning to her poems by referring her language back to her culture. However their captors did nothing to help as it did not matter to them what they were like as long as they worked.
This creates an idea of what the slaves were going through and the kind of destruction and hurt they experienced. Even though she is beautiful, she would rather fight for her rights then be treated like a slave or an object. Blake uses a more formal argument formed on an educated and civilised basis where-as Grace presents the image of the sugar cane growing through her use of Creole. These three poems were written by black poets. The slaves also use the one thing that they are closest to as they have the power over nature.
The woman who is being tortured is lying on a board with her arms and legs spread-eagled and staked to the ground. Pat's grandfather had been bayoneted during the war, and Pat would see his scars when he went to the sink to wash. It is also structured in long strands and elongated. Standard English is used in this poem instead of Creole so that the message is clearer to the English cultured reader. This essay will try to explore these poems similarities and differences.
Despite such differences of emphasis, it is clear that Nichols and Dabydeen are united in a concern to write back to and critique James Grainger, challenging the aesthetics of refinement he puts in place with a new aesthetics of contamination. Culture is something that you share with your community, young and old, whether it is something that has only lasted within your generation or throughout hundreds of years. Here she could not share her culture. This creates a compelling nature to the first lines of her poem and makes the reader wish to continue reading. This was also shown in Sugar cane but as the overseers destroying the slaves. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! Keywords: poems; sugar poetry; slavery; Grace Nichols; David Dabydeen; plantation; utopia; James Grainger; refinement Chapter.
After all no-one would want to work all day for nothing. This essay will compare the cultural backgrounds and the style of language these three black poets use to describe their experiences. These poems also show the fact that you do not have to let them take control of you or have power over you. It is something that is cherished and protected, but is also shared throughout other cultures. She does this as a way of describing what her culture represented and how nature played such a large part. There are two ways this can be interpreted. The other slaves then pray to God for the deceased woman to be accepted in the pocket of his womb.