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The two poems that I have chosen to write about are: 'When I Think About Myself' and 'They Went Home' by Maya Angelou. I have chosen these poems because they are both sad and regretful but, at the

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In what ways does Angelou present, 'When I Think About Myself' and 'They Went Home?' The two poems that I have chosen to write about are: 'When I Think About Myself' and 'They Went Home' by Maya Angelou. I have chosen these poems because they are both sad and regretful but, at the same time, the writer is proud to be who she is. 'When I Think About Myself' is about an old woman thinking about herself and looking back on the ironies of her life. 'They Went Home' is a young woman thinking about all the lovers she has had. In 'When I Think About Myself', This is the voice of an older woman. This idea is given by her saying: "Sixty years in these folks' world." She is looking back at her life and the tone is regretful and sad. This impression is given by her saying: "I almost laugh myself to death" and "I laughed so hard I nearly died." This is sad laughter, conveying the emptiness and the pointlessness of her life. ...read more.

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It isn't just her that has had to endure this, her parents in the past had exactly the same treatment, they did all the hard work and were treated like they did not matter and this is shown by her saying: "The tales they tell sound just like lying, They grow the fruit, But eat the rind." Here she is saying that it is so hard to believe that it is them that put in all the hard work to grow the fruit but are just given the left over parts of it like they are so worthless. The repetitiveness of the laughter in this poem has a strong feeling to it. She is not laughing because she finds it funny, it is a sad and very regretful and sarcastic laughter of how she and her parents have been treated and how they have let themselves be treated in this way. In the poem, 'They Went Home', the writer refers to herself as a "girl." This is what gives the idea that she is a younger woman. ...read more.

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They celebrate black women and the experiences they have had, good and bad, as these experiences have made the woman who they are today. I thought that these two poems were both well written and came across with very strong and clear feelings of the writer. Emotions may have been mixed but in each stanza of both poems it was very clear how she was feeling at this time. Reading these poems affects the reader and encourages empathy for the woman in each poem. In 'When I Think About Myself', I liked the repetitiveness of the sarcastic laughter. This gave a strong meaning to the poem in a similar way to 'They Went Home' but, this time, it is regret of what she has not done and letting her be treated in this way, which had such a lasting impact on me. In 'They Went Home', I liked the fact that at the end of the first two stanzas she wrote: "But... They went home" and just: "But..." at the end of the last stanza. This makes a clear statement that, even though these men liked her, they did not like her enough to face the consequences of staying with her. ...read more.

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