Poem Analysis: Immigrant Blues

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Anthology 1 – Immigrant Blues
In this poem, Lee is trying to explain the struggles of immigrating to a new country. He also underlines the importance of silence by letting us pause and contemplate many times throughout it. Along with that, he doesn’t force his views upon us, instead, it’s like his inviting you to converse with him.
‘Immigrant Blues’ talks about and explores an array of identities. The author does this by coming up with a number of titles for the story, all trying to define the experience of being an immigrant. Likewise, he identifies himself in different roles throughout the story; starting out as the son, then the father, and finally the lover. Finally he also questions his personal identity and existence.
The speaker displays
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She put her education to good use by making many poems, religious hymns, children’s books and essays in her lifetime. Obviously, the theme of women and femininity is present in the piece. She starts off with a call to arms to all of the women in the world, and asks them to stand up and fight for their rights, however, she seems to back off in the last few stanzas of the poem. It is difficult be sure, but she might be trying to put a sense of irony in the piece.
Like all Barbauld’s works, the poem is very expressive, persuasive and powerful. It’s almost as if it’s a battle cry for women’s rights. She invites our emotional responses with an abundance of metaphors, similes and analogies on lines 4, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 23 and 30. The poem is written in Sicilian quatrains, which has a rhyme scheme of ABAB, and the rhythm of iambic pentameter. The meter isn’t always perfect, though; trochaic inversion is sometimes used to draw attention to different lines. Hints of alliteration (line 22) and internal rhyming or assonance (e.g. man and command) are
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In this case, he writes an English sonnet in perfect iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD EEFF and finally, GG. He also uses poetic devices such as assonance (e.g. …doubt not God…) allusion (e.g. Sisyphus) and alliteration (e.g. …tortured Tantalus.) to perfect his poem. The most excellent part of this poem is the paradox that Cullen tackles during the piece. It makes us wonder why there is suffering in our world. The piece was written during the Harlem Renaissance, when people of colour were trying to destroy the racial stereotypes through poetry; Cullen wrote this perfect piece to support the cultural movement happening in America at that

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