Bianca Hernandez poetry paper - HERNANDEZ 1 Bianca Hernandez Professor Laura Morris English 203 7 March 2015 A Matter Of Luck Living in a first world

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HERNANDEZBianca HernandezProfessor Laura MorrisEnglish 2037 March 2015A Matter Of LuckLiving in a first world country, people often disregard, or try and forget, the poverties and predicaments that are being gone through by people in third world countries. It was just a matter of chance that individuals were born into dwellings such as the U.S., for others, it was not as easy. Hove does not follow the traditional style and structure as many modern poets in the nineties; instead, he uses short three to five line stanzas that provide imagery for the reader that creates a theme of self-aggrandizement. The way Hove uses the title in the beginning of every other stanza makes the theme all the more prominent in him emphasizing the aspects of their life that will continue to go unnoticed. Alongside the theme, the tone of the poem is a major element in the way it will move the readers, and what it will make them cogitate. In Chenjerai Hove’s “You will Forget”, the Zimbabwean poet uses tone, imagery, and punctuation as literary devices when writing about the normal life of a Zimbabwean woman, and how people living a more sumptuous life often get too comfortable and overlook how the days for other populations elsewhere must be like.Out of all the devices that the poem entails, imagery helps carry out the message and lets the reader visualize what the poet is feeling best. In each stanza, he gives a descriptive scenario of what hardships a Zimbabwean woman goes through, and how people in 1stworld countries will never fathom. The emotional impact will vary greatly 1
with readers, but for a few, shame will be felt. Being an educated man from Africa, it is easy to see how Hove can make these distinct statements about the women from where heis from. Using imagery, he creates the theme of the poem that overall helps the tone. “You will forget the weight of three bundles of thatch grass on the sinewy neck of the woman whose baby cries on her back for a blade of grass in its eyes” (Hove 508). Hove brings out lines such as this one in each of his stanzas that help reach the reader. Althoughhe doesn’t have a set structure, the way he organized the short stanzas and medium sized lines make it easy to stay at attention, but his ironically beautiful imagery makes it all the more captivating. Poems can easily be interpreted in many ways depending on the reader, but with Hove’s tone, it was clear what he wanted his message to be. As it may seem, he does not take up a negative tone; it is more of a tone of awareness and a sense of pride. In each stanza, he gives a different scenario on what he knows people who live a contented life might overlook. It is not so much of an assessment between lives as it is giving cognizance of what they go through, assuming that the reader of the poem lives under the

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