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he112v lonelyeagles

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MIDN Colin Bogdan Associate Professor Shaffer HE 112V 3 October 2010 Lonely Eagles The poem Lonely Eagles by Marilyn Nelson takes a fascinating look at the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. The author’s rare perspective on the topic combined with the poem’s historical narrative structure causes Nelson’s subtle messages about racism in the military to be poignant despite their veiled nature. In the poem itself, Nelson makes use of a myriad of literary devices such as reference, point of view and synecdoche in order to bestow strength upon the
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Unformatted text preview: experience the reader has while reading. Due to the highly historical nature of this poem, Nelson decides to reference a lot of specific details surrounding the existence of the Tuskegee Airmen. This is especially seen in stanza six where Nelson gives the reader a ton of information: In beat-up Flying Tigers that had seen action in Burma, they shot down three German jets. They were the only outfit in the American Air Corps to sink a destroyer with fighter planes. (Gwynn and Lindner 336) Even though this passage gives a lot of facts...
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