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Take Time Out

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Ashleigh Potter

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of Take Time Out

Take Time Out
By Maya Angelou

About Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou's real name is Margurite Ann Johnson and was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Theme
The theme of, "Take Time Out" is, "don't do something today that you will regret tomorrow. Think before you act."
Literary Devices
Some literary devices to look for in "Take Time Out", are the imagery, the symbolism, and the repetition.
Imagery
- "With a band around his head and an army surplus bunk that makes his bed" (lines 15-17
- On a freeway hitching rides wearing beads with packs by their side (lines 2-4)
Symbolism
- "and my daughter trades dope stories with your son" (lines 64-65)

- "And you know she's tripping on a one- way train" (lines 26-27)
Dope stories, stands for a foolish or a gossip type story.
One way train stands for a one way train ride to somewhere new and that your never coming back.
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Repetition
The repetition in this poem would be "Take Time Out" (lines 12,24,36,61)
Maya Angelou is trying to Stress the fact that you need to take time out of your life and realize what you have and to be grateful for it.
Take Time Out
by Maya Angeou

When you see them
on a freeway hitching rides
wearing beads
with packs by their sides
you ought to ask
what’s all the
warring and the jarring
and the
killing and
the thrilling
all about.

Take Time Out.
When you see him
with a band around his head
and an army surplus bunk
that makes his bed
you’d better ask
what’s all the
beating and
the cheating and
the bleeding and
the needing
all about.

Take Time Out.
When you see her walking
barefoot in the rain
and you know she’s tripping
on a one-way train
you need to ask
what’s all the
lying and the
dying and
the running and
the gunning
all about.

Take Time Out.
Use a minute
feel some sorrow
for the folks
who thinks tomorrow
is a place that they
can call up
on the phone.
take a month
and show some kindness
for the folks
who thought that blindness
was an illness that
affected eyes alone.
If you know that youth
is dying on the run
and my daughter trades
dope stories with your son
we’d better see
what all our
fearing and our
jeering and our
crying and
our lying
brought about.

Take Time Out.
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