Thus, the title of Clifton's poem can be read in two ways: In the first and most common reading, the poet herself pays respect and reverence to her hips in a playful, alliterative gesture. I am triggered by the ear. Brownmiller's book offers a historical look at the features that have been used to define femininity. She seems all into herself, more specifically, her hips. That's what I'm going to do. Diamante poem Puppy Playful, silly Barking, fetching, eating Ball, leash , free, wool Sleeping, running, playing Sweet, young Kitten Sun Hot, warm Boiling, burning, heating Summer, Sunshine , winter, thunderstorm Splashing, sliding, slipping Chilly. Minimalism Minimalism is a movement in visual, architectural, and literary arts characterized by a striving to reach the essence of an idea with a minimum of words or detail.
Empowerment is promoted in line1-3. In this poem as well as in the other poems from Two-Headed Woman , Clifton asserts her right to speak of her own body and to claim her own physical nature. So straightforward, in fact, that Clifton cannot be bothered with capitalizations and multitudes of metaphors, flowery language and line breaks that are pregnant with meaning. Why do we think that we need to be so favored in the universe that we are guaranteed tremendous happiness at all costs? Clifton tackles some pretty tough topics, and she does so with characteristic grace. The language in this poem is very simple. Lucille Clifton is one of the most memorable women writers of all time. In society expect women to be picture as slim.
Clifton has been compared to a less verbose Walt Whitman for her free celebration of herself, and I think the comparison is a good one. I don't know if others will call it that. However, for Clifton, the great-great-granddaughter of a woman taken from Africa and brought to as a slave, such an assertion cannot be taken lightly. This poem is told from. And so, if what I write helps to heal others, that's excellent, but my main thing is for me not to fall into despair, which I have done on occasion and could do at any time. By 1966, the tenor of the civil rights movement began to change.
It exists, and it continues to exist. Clifton refers directly to her hips being capable of casting magical enchantments over a man. Clifton's poems in Two-Headed Woman were composed between 1969 and 1980. On April 3, 2007 Clifton attended a round table discussion with some of our current Fredonia professors to discuss her work. By extension, she calls for women to free themselves from the self-limiting notions of beauty foisted upon them by media and culture. It clearly is a fun poem, and when you , you can see she means it to be fun.
Today: African American writers and artists produce work in all genres of art; while their work often reflects African American experience, their audiences include all segments of the culture. Michael: You're also part of a human family. Her lines are trim and short, while his go on and on, but the joyful spirit bounds through both. In this essay I am going to include the following; the poets attitude to his subject, the poets descriptive skills, the language used, how the poem affects me, and. What would you like to celebrate? Being a feminist, Lucille is strictly against that portion of the society which thinks that women are second rate men, subordinate to men and are only meant for serving men and rearing and tearing of children. This poem creates with description.
For more to add, you will also encounter with a brief biography of the poet Roethke which will explain why the poet wrote this poem and how much meaning it has for him. During that period, there was hardly any room for women with big, bold hips in fashion magazines. They symbolize all the strength that all women possess and could use to further their influence in the world. Lucille seems as if she teases men with her hips. If all that hardware doesn't knock your socks off, then we're betting that Clifton's poetry will. Because, for me, I think that writing is a way of continuing to hope.
This award led to a reading in New York attended by an editor from Random House who asked Clifton to submit a manuscript. So I didn't think it'd fit in the regular bibliography. Indeed, one of the central tensions of the feminist movement was one of similarity or difference: Should women be judged against the same criteria as men, since as people they should be inherently equal? Clifton won the National Book Award for Poetry for Blessing the Boats in 2000 and the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Foundation in 2004. All the important details of the pieces of information that I included are carefully selected and laid out in organized manner. Her statement that her hips have freedom of movement and freedom of intention embodies the abstraction of liberty itself. Although this poem is quite simple and short it says alot. I think that sometimes some of it is feeling that I have to prove that I am a good person.
A spacious silence is not mere absence of noise, but locates us as it were on a cosmic stage. They were mad about themselves. During the next two decades, Clifton continued to produce both poetry and picture books, and her work was included in several prominent anthologies. Symbols, imagery and wordplay dominate the whole poem and once the readers reads the poem he or she completely understands what the poet wants to explain: women need to be empowered if the society needs to grow by leaps and bounds. Baraka believed that artists are by necessity political activists. Lines 11-15 Line 12 is nearly identical to line 11, with only one word different between them.
Lucille seems as if she teases men with her hips. Her professor, the noted poet Sterling A. I have known those moments too. My mission is to heal Lucille if I can, as much as I can. Her life was full of miseries and gloomy incidents. That was for me something I had to think about. I like words a lot, as you know.
While at Howard, she encountered some of the finest minds of her generation. Other important writers of the period included Larry Neal, Gwendolyn Brooks, , Betye Saar, Jeff Donaldson, Ishmael Reed, and Haki Madhubuti, among many others. When Clifton died in February of 2010, she had penned thirteen books of poetry and one collection of essays. She leaves no room for argument or even the possibility of discussion. Before that time, virtually all legal decisions concerning women were handled by men. Abraham Lincoln, Langston Hughes, Lincoln, Illinois 911 Words 3 Pages Before My initial reaction to this poem was that I share the same emotions the author expresses throughout the poem. Randall goes on to argue the African American women are fat because they want to be fat, and because their husbands want them to be fat.