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We Alone by Alice Walker

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Simone Abraham

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of We Alone by Alice Walker

The poem "We Alone" meaning is that humans should stop putting values on things in life and look at what they are really worth.
Poem Theme
The theme in the poem "We Alone" written by Alice Walker is that the secret is to love plentiful things and not scarce.
Evidence 1
In lines 11-13 it states "Feathers, shells, and sea-shaped stones are all as rare." By that the author means that feathers, shells and sea-shaped stones are just as rare as "gold", but they are more plentiful than gold because less people want them.
We Alone by Alice Walker
We alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.
Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
is gold
so much the worse
for you.

Feathers, shells
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.

This could be our revolution:
to love what is plentiful
as much as
what's scarce.

Evidence 2
In lines 5-6 it states "Wherever there is gold, there is a chain" and that means that people are all so greedy to just get something because it's scarce they don't realize there are other things just as rare.
Terms Analysis
In the poem the author uses symbolism in the lines 5-6 "Wherever there is gold, there is a
" The chain can mean a chain of gold, something worth "high value" or it could mean if you are attached to something (gold) you don't realize the true value of it.

Analysis Continued
The author uses alliteration in the lines 12 and 13.
Line 12; "sea-shaped stones"
Line 13; "are all as rare"
The author also uses irony when talking about gold in the poem because in everyday life gold is thought as good and beautiful, but in the poem it's thought as of a bad thing.
Strong Word Choice
Gold- Lines 5-10. The author uses gold to represent it holding something down because of it's value, or it also means people are attached to the value of something and not actually what it is.
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