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African American and Anglo Culture in Poetry

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African American and Anglo Culture in Poetry When we think of home, everyone has similar thoughts about the subject. Home is a place to live, to sleep, to raise children, to have fun, a place to call your own. Even though all of these descriptions ring true for all people, each person or groups of people have gone through different situations within their community that makes their definition of home unique. Speaking from the African-American point of view, the Sunday dinners with family, the daily rituals, family coming over to watch important sporting events, and many more things makes the African-American home different from the typical Anglo home. ...read more.

Middle

As the poem progresses, it more or less gives a history of African-Americans going from our African ancestry to the position in the late '70s, early '80s. She uses vivid language within the poem to portray her point of the African-American family "just pushing," overcoming its past adversities, yet remembering the grief that our ancestors have gone though. Clifton does the early black experience justice by writing this poem because it brings a little light to some of the things that were going on that no one thought about. Hughes also does a good job at presenting the typical black family of years past. ...read more.

Conclusion

I like how he realizes that all blacks don't live the same conditions and that some actually do make it out of the ghetto instead of "hang[ing] on to our no place" and just settling for what cards life has dealt us. Both authors excel at exposing the same point in black life by using similar methods. They both take an instance in life and vividly show it by using colorful language and creative wording. There aren't that many differences that I see, except that Hughes takes one day and expands on it while Clifton uses the general experience and breaks is down into smaller events. ...read more.

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