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  1. Abel Meeropols Strange Fruit uses an extended metaphor of fruit representing lynched African Americans

    The sibilance of ‘pastoral scene’ and long vowel sounds of ‘gallant south’ auditorily create a continuous tone, a lingering effect, structuring moods of sorrow for readers, reinforcing Meeropol’s idea that conflict is an ongoing condition, and we too experience this. Meeropol’s disturbing imagery of lynched victims in, “Here is fruit for the crows to pluck, For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck” and “For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop” employs cacophony and understatement to emphasise the frequent horror of lynching.

    • Word count: 1164
  2. Analysis of "The Mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks

    But despite her lifestyle, these babies she loved and cherished with all her heart. The poem quite clearly shows the repentance, ?The Mother? is feeling, maybe now she is older, wiser or even alone. The words are sensed with such desire, with the first and second line of the poem, she is revealing how hysterical she is at aborting her babies. But it shows too how unconditionally she loved them, how much she dreamed of giving them a normal cherished life. It?s plain to see ?The Mother? chose to abort more than once, maybe several as she refers to (children)

    • Word count: 1872

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