5.02 Reading Poetry - The poem On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou explains the effects of cultural diversity among the American people during the

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The poem “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou explains the effects of cultural diversity among the American people during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In this poem, Maya Angelou states that all people should come together as one. I also think that she is trying to say no one is better than someone else. We need each other to grow, live a fulfilled life, and be peaceful. Everyone should unite, regardless of nationality or religion. Equality is an important concern in the world today and Maya did a great job in relating her poem to diversity and equality. In the poem, she states “You, the Turk, the Arab, the Swede, the German, the Eskimo, the Scot, You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru, bought, Sold, stolen, arriving on the nightmare Praying for a dream.” This quote by Maya Angelou shows me that all of us, regardless of race or religion, dream about unity but need to act upon these dreams. Another quote in the poem is, “The singing River, and the wise
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Unformatted text preview: Rock. So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew, the African, the Native American, the Sioux, the Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek, the Irish, the Rabbi, the Sheik, the Gay, the Straight, the Preacher, the privileged, the Homeless, the Teacher. They hear. They all hear the speaking of the tree." This quote means that all of these diverse people are united by nature, but different due to their culture. A third important quote in the poem is, “Yet today I call you to my riverside, If you will study war no more. Come, clad in peace, And I will sing the songs The Creator gave to me when I and the Tree and the Rock were one.” This quote means that we need to stop focusing on war and start being more peaceful with one another. Being peaceful will bring us together and help us unite....
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  • Fall '16
  • Brent LeDrew
  • English, Poetry, Singing, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

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