Alice Walker

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Alice Walker, Rita Anyiam St John, Maniza Alvi use their poems to explore their own lives and their relationships with others. Explain how successful each poet has been in using language to convey their ideas The poets of the three poems – “Poem at Thirty-Nine”, “For Me From You” and “An unknown Girl” have successfully conveyed their ideas of relationships through the language used. “Poem at Thirty-Nine” is about the relationship between the poet and her father, “For Me From You” is about a potential marriage, and “An Unknown Girl” is about the love of country. These three poems all deal with the theme of love and relationships, but there are certain differences in the way the poets discuss this theme using language. In this essay, I am going to look at the use of language of these three poems and explore the similarities and differences between them. “Poem at Thirty-Nine” is about the relationship between the poet, Alice Walker and her father who is deceased. She expresses her feelings towards him throughout the poem. The title “Poem at Thirty-Nine” may refers to the point when the poet’s father died. It can also show us that a new chapter for the poet is beginning. The first impression this poem has given us is that it has a very unique structure. The lengths of the six stanzas are inconsistent, and we cannot find any rhyme in it. This could represents her life is not always being the same and she is not following a set of processes. This is an idea of freedom. There are many feelings expressed in this poem. The first half of the poem is very mournful and links to the idea of grieving. We can see that just the first sentence. “How I miss my father.” The second stanza is all about how her father taught her the value of money, and the tone is very mournful, “This is the form, he must have said: the way it is done.” The poet’s father is teaching her how to write a cheque. The form is probably referring to the format of some sort of administration forms such as for applications of benefits and allowance. The reason why her father is teaching her the value of money is probably because her grandparents used to be slaves, and they treated money as a very valuable thing. Money can also represent the freedom that they have wanted all along. This line tells us that the poet keeps everything that her father taught her in mind. There is also a sense of guilt in the third stanza where it says, “though many of my truths must have grieved him before the end.” This tells us that the poet really regrets how she hasn’t been a good daughter in terms of her behaviour when her father was alive and how she didn’t tell the truth. She is feeling guilty, which is a part of the grieving process. There is a change of tone in the second half of the poem. The mood changes from
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course ENGLISH 112 taught by Professor Loughlin during the Spring '08 term at UBC.

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