To George Sand A Desire Analysis

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “To George Sand: A Desire” serves to explicate Browning’s admiration for George Sand, a successful female writer, by underscoring that which makes Sand powerful. “To George Sand: A Recognition,” a companion piece to “A Desire,” concerns itself not only with Sand’s character traits but also with evidencing the actual challenges Sand faced to become the writer she was. Because of this, my primary inspiration and the poem I chose to imitate was “A Recognition.” “To Immigrants: In Gratitude” seeks to underscore a major social justice issue – anti-immigrant sentiments – while serving as recognition for an often mistreated population. My piece utilizes an off-kilter meter that alternates between trochaic and iambic feet, alliteration, natural imagery, and direct address in order to throw the reader off balance and to, essentially, force the audience to face an issue that is often too easy to ignore.
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The alliterative aspects of “family (…) forgive” (6), evidence how immigrants are often forced to choose between a new, unknown future and the families and communities that saw them grow. As well, the alliteration of the poem extends past repeating sounds at the beginnings of words; there is also the presence of assonance, which repeats vowel sounds. Most often, the reader hears low sounds like “oo” in “looking” (4) “goodbye” (8) and “you” (8-11). The low sounds interspersed throughout the poem serve to underscore the pain and hopefulness of migration, which leads to a melancholy tone in the poem. The various alliterative elements of the poem lead the reader to a new contemplation of what it means to be an immigrant despite he or she being unable to find a comfortable place to rest because of the unexpected

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