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Analysis Of Poetry

  • Submitted by: chrissyb314
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,245 words

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Analysis of Poetry
      Maya Angelou’s poem “On the Pulse of Morning” is commonly called the “Inaugural Poem,” because it was read at the inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton as he became the President of the United States. “Angelou, a black woman poet, symbolized one of the themes of Clinton's inaugural, the notion of an inclusive America in which all people, regardless of their race, color, creed or ethnic origin, would be valued members of the society” (Huber). Indeed, Angelou herself was something of a symbol to the American people on that day in history. Even more symbolic, however, is the poem itself. The thesis of this essay is that “On the Pulse of Morning” aims to inspire people to put their differences and disputes behind them and push forward to greater things, because we are truly all the same race- humanity. “Bill Clinton's inauguration came at a time when there were concerns about Somalia, the Gulf War, and violence around the globe. Communism had recently collapsed in Eastern Europe. I believe Maya Angelou was using her poem to acknowledge the past and to comment that what we do right now, in the present, can give us a hopeful future” (Brown). In this profound piece of literature, she personifies three objects that would otherwise be considered commonplace.   Angelou brings to life a Rock, a River, and a Tree. The Tree, however, stands out to be the most powerful symbol in keeping with the theme of the piece, because the Tree personifies the human race, and it represents the fact that, as humankind, we all have the same “roots.”
    People of all nationalities have come across the Tree and found solace in its shade. “They all hear the speaking of the Tree. Today, the first and last of every Tree speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River. Plant yourself beside me, here beside the River. Each of you, descendant of some passed on traveler, has been paid for” (Angelou). This passage lends to the thesis in that it reaffirms that...

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