What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl by Patricia Smith Compared to Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer.

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What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl by Patricia Smith
Compared to Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer.
Carolynn Hanson
ENG125: Introduction to Literature
(ABG1239A)
Instructor: Corey King
October 15, 2012

When comparing and contrasting the poem What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl by Patricia Smith with the short story Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer. The poem and the short story are both great examples of the difficulty of life between different ethnic backgrounds. The Poem What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl by Patricia Smith is more recent than the short story Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer they are written during different time frames and their stories are unique within their time frame.

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Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer speaks of the differences of the black children, “The farm children play together when they are small, but once the white children go away to school they soon don't play together any more, even in the holidays. Although most of the black children get some sort of schooling, they drop every year farther behind the grades passed by the white children; the childish vocabulary, the child's exploration of the adventurous possibilities of dam, koppies, mealie lands, and veld—there comes a time when the white children have surpassed these with the vocabulary of boarding–school and the possibilities of inter–school sports matches and the kind of adventures seen at the cinema. This usefully coincides with the age of twelve or thirteen; so that by the time early adolescence is reached, the black children are making along with the bodily changes common to all, an easy transition to adult forms of address, beginning to call their old playmates missus and baasie little master.” (pg 44 Clugston) What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl by Patricia Smith also speaks of the differences of being a person of color and wanting to be more like a Caucasian person, “like there's something, everything,

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