History in Poetry Analysis Paper

Document Type:Essay

Subject Area:Poetry

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Art in it setting reflects the world that the author represented and the issues that were affecting the society at the time. In this regard, every piece of art, every poem that is written on matters of political governance or merely the aspect of issues affecting the society can be related to another in one way or the other. In this analysis paper, the discussion will be based on the poems “I dwell in possibility” by Emily Dickinson and “we wear the mask” Paul Laurence Dunbar. The poems will be considered on the issues that affected the society, the political nature at the time and their relevance to the current community and time. Each poem will be summarized and then analyzed later.

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The analysis of the poem reveals that the poem expresses a period of racism in the country. The American culture was faced with racism and racial disparity in the treatment and association. The blacks are facing a time in which their race was being used in judging them. The idea that the people are characterized of portraying the aspect of deception, hypocrisy and seemingly contented with the status quo despite the challenges that they face is the mask that the persona discusses. At the time, the black Americans were being introduced to freedom, the aspect of belonging was cropping in despite the challenges that were associated with the process. The poem describes the idea of poetry and how it is can be relevant to an individual’s life.

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The aspect of poetry, metaphorized as a house is used in the poem to describe the uses of poetry and the way it can be important in the society. The aspect of poetry, in this case, revolves around the acceptance in the community and the effectiveness associated with it’s in the organization set. The life of Emily was mostly in solicitude as mentioned; this made poetry a vital tool to describe her feelings and her life in general. Using this prose, she sums up all the struggles and emotions she exercises in her solitude life. Despite the element of freedom and new culture, in Dunbar’s poem, the blacks still feel confined and are afraid of expressing their feelings about the religion.

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The same case is witnessed in Emily’s poem where she complains of the restrictiveness of the house despite them being tall. The tall houses can be related to the idea of the culture in the country in America after the blacks got their freedom from oppression and racism. Despite the high possibility of development, they were confined to the perception that they found as being acceptable. To fit in and cause into father disruption, they hid their feelings and accepted the culture as their own. The people are afraid of the truth and tend to depend on what has been seta s being the correct form of activities. This however only denies them the aspect of enjoying the full freedom they have.

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Works Cited Freedman, L. Emily Dickinson and the Religious Imagination. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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