Maya angelou, born in 1928, lived through some of the worst oppression and inequality for african american peoplealthough slavery had been long abolished, angelou saw its effects on society and the african american people. After reviewing the literary elements of tone and point of view, students work in small groups to read and summarize walt whitman's i hear america singing, langston hughes' i, too, sing america, and maya angelou's on the pulse of the morning they identify the tone and point of. African american poet maya angelou (1928-2014) still i rise is a contemporary expression of identity in a modern american society where the african american feels that identity must be earned through sheer force of individuality. Langston hughes was a prominent writer during the harlem renaissance in this poem, a mother uses the metaphor of life being like a staircase to give advice to her son while there are difficult times, you must keep moving like you would while walking up a staircase.
In comparing and contrasting the two poems, still i rise by maya angelou and the negro speaks of rivers by langston hughes, there are definitely more differences than similarities both poets have a different writing style and it shows in this comparison. Maya angelou poetry spoke about personal experience of racism and prejudice and the struggle to better ones self whereas langston hughes spoke about the black community living in a racist society. Eloise greenfield langston terrace maya angelou life doesn't frighten me lewis carroll the walrus and the carpenter eve merriam simile: willow and ginkgo.
Writing to compare 25 anna quindlen, maya angelou, phenomenal woman 107 the starry night 211 wallace stevens, exploring literature xv. Dreams by langston hughes hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a brokenwinged bird that cannot fly hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren field. Maya angelou's poem is available from the american academy of poets, while the text of dr king's speech is available from the martin luther king, jr research and education institute web site at stanford university.
This paper will compare and contrast both the stories and trace out similarities and differences between the two - maya angelou the graduation and langston hughes one friday morning essay introduction basically, both the stories are in reminiscent mood and bear the nostalgic touches with the connotation of ethnic disparity issue. The poem still i rise by maya angelou depicts themes of feminism and portrays her life's experiences of oppression poet's background the poem still i rise has been composed by maya angelou, who is an 85 year old african american poet, journalist, author, film producer/director, actress, professor, television producer, civil rights. American literature compare and contrast the structure and use of figurative language in the two poems harlem by langston hughes and we wear the mask by paul laurence dunbar.
Students read and discuss several poems by langston hughes they will also write a stanza in the style hughes used in his poem the blues and compare hughes' poetic expressions of his dreams for black people to martin luther kings' famous expression of his dreams. But maya angelou and langston hughes are not just known as poets but as two people out of many who helped shaped not only the black community but the entire world for example maya angelou's poem phenomenal woman was a poem that inspired any woman to believe that they are phenomenal no matter what they looked like. Mother to son by langston hughes well son ill tell you life for me aint been no crystal stair its had tacks in it and splinters and boards torn up and places with no carpet on the.
Angelou describes the emotion of a hidden frustration and anger at any who may begin to doubt the woman's confidence but overall maya angelou praises the woman who can learn to love herself angelou uses great imagery throughout her work, especially in describing the characteristics of the woman in the poem. Compare and contrast the american dream in let america be america again by langston hughes and still i rise by maya angelou rhythm, imagery, form, and theme. Maya angelou illustrates the theme that racism and prejudice will not defeat hope, equality and human rights maya angelou also illustrates the theme that the history of slaves and slavery has also given her a strength, history, culture, pride and identity to be proud of.