No Problem Benjamin Zephaniah Essay

Essay on Comparison of Still I Rise and Realities of a Black Woman

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Comparison of Still I Rise and Realities of a Black Woman

Compare and Contrast the poems Still I Rise By Maya Angelou and Of course when they ask about the Realities of black women by Grace
Nichols.

'Still I Rise' written by Maya Angelou and 'Of course when they ask about the "Realities" of black woman' written by Grace Nichols, are the two poems that I will be comparing and writing about. These poems are expressing the opinions of how white people would like to see or how they see black women.

I understand that the word culture means a wide range of ideas, knowledge and beliefs. That is usually shared between the people of a country, place, race, group or religion. The word Culture can also mean a way of life, or set of…show more content…

Maya Angelou opens her poems with "You may write me down in history".
This gives an impact of accusing, that the poet is accusing the reader of the lies carried out against her in the past. Maya Angelou is addressing the reader directly by using the pronoun "You" this makes the reader automatically feel involved.

"With your bitter, twisted lies". This gives us the idea of her races past being untrue because the word "lies" has been used. Adjectives have been used to reinforce the word "lies" with "Bitter" and
"Twisted". These adjectives have been used to describe, the lies written down about black people in history. The word "Bitter" suggests that the lies are hostile and resentful. The word "Twisted" suggests that the lies are cruel and perverted.

The woman is a very ambitious person and wants to put the lies about her races past behind her and "Rise" above them "Leaving behind" "Up from a past that's rooted in pain" are two examples of how the poet shows she wants to leave the lies behind, these have used to show the reader what she is rising from and that she is rising from the lies.
Also no matter what happens, she will over come her races lied about past but at the same time still be proud that she is a member of her race. The purpose of the poem is to stress the themes of racism and self-acceptance. This poem in my opinion is to create an image of a strong, confident black woman and not the image of the

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A Comparison of ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou and ‘No Problem’ by Benjamin Zephaniah

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Maya Angelou is a internationally respected, brilliant poet, and author. Maya Angelou says "In all my work I try to tell the human truth, what it is like to be human, what makes us stumble and somehow miraculously rise and go on from the darkness and into the light”. This theme is consistently exemplified throughout Angelou's greatly acclaimed poem ‘Still I rise’. The poem shows us the true life story of Maya Angelou's tragedies, and their dreadful conditions she had encountered in her youth. But in Angelou's poem, she escapes the night to go into the light, leaving all the hurt and shame to prosper in a new life she has created.
Benjamin Zephaniah is a Jamaican author and poet. Who was born in Birmingham England, He grew up in east…show more content…

She does this by symbolism, words such as ‘oil wells’, ‘goldmines’, and ‘diamonds’ represent her physical wealth, they are similes as Maya does not actually have them in her possession but the poem shows that she behaves as if she does. It symbolises her self-worth. Benjamin Zephaniah describes his experiences; the author tells us that he is a victim of race and prejudice. Within the poem Benjamin tells us that everyone is equal no matter what race. The poet uses phonetic spellings and non-standard English to describe to us his experiences in the first paragraph of the poem; however the poet switches to Standard English in the second paragraph of the poem indicating that he is educated and has a good understanding of English as anyone else. The poet uses repetition of words ‘I am not de problem’ therefore suggesting that far from being the problem he is the victim of the problem.
Language, imagery, ideas and themes
Maya Angelou’s poem is all about the theme of identity and prejudice. Some of the techniques Angelou uses are repetition of words, the words ‘I rise, I rise, I rise’ these words emphasise the strength and resolve of Angelou. The resilience of her personality is shown by repeating ‘I rise’ in contrast to the aggression of her opposition, Angelou is clearly emphasising that she will not be oppressed or dominated. Within the poem are the use of metaphors ‘Im a black ocean, leaping and wide’ this suggest that she is a black lady and that she

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