A Woman Is Not A Potted Plant By Alice Walker Essay

833 Words Dec 8th, 2014 4 Pages
Woman “a woman is not a potted plant” by poet Alice Walker is an honest look at the twentieth century struggles of woman. It delivers a bittersweet sweet message; by employing exacting and fluid metaphors, crafty forms of alliteration, and a speaker who demands attention in just the first lines and then lulls us to a soft ending with a couplet. The power of the poem is felt in its form as a free verse as well as the word choice. The first two lines are concise, but works efficiently in the goal to show the reader a strong voice is used with the first two lines of the poem, “A WOMAN IS NOT/A POTTED PLANT.”
It is also worth noting that this verse is the only use of capitalization throughout the poem, which is by no means a subtle way to gain the audience’s attention. The speaker is likely a woman who is preaching to a world that has not yet acknowledged women’s full potential and the weight of those words way heavily. The succeeding lines take a more delicate route with “h” the delicacy with which the author is balances this prized verse comes across as a demanding whisper. The shape of the text shortens under the bold heading and immediately softens. The sound and shape continues throughout the rest of the poem in short quick words, giving the reader the sense that there is a secret between them and the speaker. The audience is once again, reminded of the poems intention by reiterating the alliteration as a rare comparison and with great sound sense.…

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