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After the winter

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Sonia Connors

on 7 May 2014

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Transcript of After the winter

After the winter by Claude McKay
The poem and the author
Claude McKay was a jamaican-american writer and poet born on September 15, 1889. He was one of the first major poets of the Harlem Renaissance movement, which was the time period the African American culture began to flourish.He is the author of four novels including his best-seller
Home to Harlem
that won the Harmon Gold Award, deceased on May 22, 1948. His poem ''After the winter'' was published in his book of poems Harlem Shadows in 1922. We chose this poem because the author gives us a glimpse of hope throughout his poem. He uses nature to describe his hope and dreams of living in a better world.
The poem
Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves
Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn our faces southward, love,
Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire the shafted grove
And wide-mouthed orchids smile.

And we will seek the quiet hill
Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
And works the droning bee.
And we will build a cottage there
Beside an open glade,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
And ferns that never fade.

- never loose hope

- you are the master of your own fate

- nature represents the author's life


- Sadness

- Hope

It is an imagery poem. These types of poems work to draw a picture in the mind of the reader, in order to give an extremely powerful image of what the writer is talking about. They work to intensify the senses of the reader.
- alliteration (the repetition of an initial consonant sound) ''black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near''

- Simile (a stated comparison between two fundamentally dissimilar things that have certain qualities in common, without using ''like'' or ''as'') nature and life, birds

Figures of speech

Lexical field
- Nature (leaves, trees, birds, isle, bamboo, groves, flowers, rill, bee, glade)

- Time (some day, after, morning, night, never, summer, winter)

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