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Poems Analysis

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Latisha Keats

on 30 November 2012

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Transcript of Poems Analysis

To Be Of Use The people I love the best
Jump into their work head first
Without dallying in the shallows
And swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
The black sleek heads of seals
Bouncing like half submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
Who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
Who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward
Who do what has to be done again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge
In the task, who go into the fields to harvest
And work in a row and pass the bags along
Who are not parlour generals and field deserters
But move in common rhythm
When the food must come in or the fire put out.

The work of the world is common as mud,
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.

But the thing worth doing well done
Has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
But you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
And a person for work that is real. Be The Change Open your eyes people
Take a good look around
Catch the tears filling up all those cracks in the ground
Turn off your televisions
Leave your picture-perfect neighbourhoods
A lot of folks out there ain't doing so good
Too many of us left out in the cold
No invitations given
No welcome mats unrolled

But you can be the change you wanna see
Be the hope to those whose lives are far from easy
Reach out and lend a hand
And be the change
Be the change

Carry the world on your shoulders for a little while
Put on someone else's shoes and walk a mile
Too many cups runneth over
While so many are going dry
The grass ain't always green on the other side
There is still a lot of work to be done
A lot of wrongs to right
A lot of battles to be won

If you can be the change you wanna see
Be the hope to those whose lives are far from easy
Reach out and lend a hand, share everything you can
And be the change

We all talk about how it ought to be
Because we know talk is cheap
But the time has come to let our actions speak
Yeah it's getting late, no time to waste
Be the change you wanna see

Be the change you want to see
Be the hope to those whose lives are far from easy
Reach out and lend a hand
Share everything you can
And be the change
Be the change Themes Both poems share a call to action in their themes.
Be the Change: Stop dreaming about what the perfect world could be like and take action.
To be of use: Don't be a spectator, play the game. Satisfaction can come from doing something you enjoy and not having an idle existence A theme is the overall point or moral of a piece of writing. Be the Change Personification "Let our actions speak” Personification is when human qualities or actions are given to inanimate objects or a non-human being. This piece of personification tells us to put the great ideas we have for world reform or anything else into action and let them represent us. To Be Of Use Personification " The pitcher cries for water to carry '' A hyperbole is a bold exaggeration. The people, like the pitcher it is compared to, are seeking for real work. The poet makes it clear throughout the poem that he/she believes ultimate satisfaction comes from working hard. A metonymy is a figure of speech where one phrase is subsituted with another phrase that it is associated with. An analogy explains the meaning of one thing by comparing it to another, easier to understand, thing. Literary Devices To Be Of Use A simile is when you compare two or more things using like or as. A metaphor is a comparison of two seperate things without using like or as. Simile- The black sleek heads of seals bouncing like half-submerged balls.
-Who pull like water buffalo. Metaphor- An ox to a heavy cart
-The work of the world is as common as mud. Literary Devices Be The Change Hyperbole- Carry the world on your shoulders Metonymy- Lend a hand Analogy/Metaphor- Put on someone elses shoes and walk a mile. Hyperbole & Metonymy Literary Devices for Be the Change Hyperbole: is significant because the authour wants the reader to have empathy for others in the world and asking us to imagine the weight of the world's problems accomplishes that. Metonymy: is significant because the authour wants the reader, you and I , to jump in and take action,to give assistance in helping them realize their dreams. Analogy/Metaphor It is significant because this phrase is something we've grown accustomed to because it is used so flagrantly but in this poem a lot of emphasis is put on this particular line so it takes on it's full meaning. It asks us to imagine how hard someone else's life may be, asking again for empathy Literary device for Be the change Simile Literary device for To Be of Use Metaphor Literary device for To Be of Use Compare & Contrast Poems Analysis By: Latisha Keats, Mutmainah Aderinto &Dylan Baggs Although both poems go their own ways in showing their themes, in the end they promote the same thing....positive change.
In To be of use the idea of working hard isn't a negative thing, the poet attempts to show us that satisfaction can come from doing good work and tries to convince us that the one thing we really strive for is to be of use.
Be the change tells us to work towards our dreams and assures the reader that a little bit of empathy can go a long way in making the lives of others easier.

1. To be of use is simply one giant peice of figurative language while Be the Change is pepperd with it and uses the traditional rhyming in a poem.
2. The stanzas in the two poems are around the same length.
3. The authour of Be the change makes good use of repitition. -The tasks that are referenced in this line seem to require great amounts of strength, and for the poet what makes these people admirable is that they are willing to become the *ox*.

-The poet tries to show that the materialistic things people often are consumed with are worthless, crumbling to dust, while work that is worthwile has tangible results, a shape that satisfies clean and evident. These similes mean that the people the authour admires are so immersed in their work that it begins to seem as if they were made to do that work, like the great ability of seals in water. Also these people are extremely patient because even though their work could seem impossible they remain dedicated to getting the job done, as water buffalo do. Definitions
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