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Alice Walker

"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise."
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Alice Walker "Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise." By: Allie Gibbs, Taylor-Kai Hunt, Casey Kepczynski, and Stephanie Sikorski Expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise. Expect Nothing each time I order her to go
for a ruler and face her small
grubby outstretched palm
i feel before hitting it
the sting in my own
and become my mother
preparing to chastise me
on a gloomy Saturday afternoon
long ago. and glaring down into my own sad
and grieving face i forgive myself
for whatever crime i may
have done. as i wish i could always
forgive myself
then as now. Forgiveness Letting go
in order to hold on
I gradually understand
how poems are made.

There is a place the fear must go.
There is a place the choice must go.
There is a place the lost must go.
The leftover love.
The love that spills out
of the too full cup
and runs and hides
its too full self
in shame.

I gradually comprehend
how poems are made.
To the upbeat flight of memories.
The flagged beats of the running
heart.

I understand how poems are made.
They are the tears
that season the smile.
The stiff-neck laughter
that crowds the throat.
The leftover love.
I know how poems are made.

There is a place the lost must go.
There is a place the gain must go.
The leftover love.

How Poems Are
Made: A
Discredited View
Background Information Alice Walker


Letting go
in order to hold on
I gradually understand
how poems are made.







Works Cited List Powazek , Derek. Propagandica. January 2009 4/17/10 <propagandica.wordpress.com/2009/01/>.

Walker, Alice. Alice Walker's Garden. 2008 4/17/10 <alicewalkersgarden.com/alice_walker_bio.html>.

Walker, Alice. Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003.



How Poems Are Made: A Discredited View To stay sane one must
let go of hurt and suffering. All feelings need to be shared somehow.
Poetry is a way to express
ones self without
worring what other people think. Poerty is pure emotion,
its how you feel
and no one can tell you otherwise.
Poems are what we know and feel, they are the memories that we have once had. Symbol: The cup symbolizes the speaker's held in, overflowing emotion. Tone: The tone of this poem is passionate, because you can tell the speaker believes and feels strongly about what she is writing. Theme: The author of the poem is saying that poetry is a means by which you can spill your emotions. Speaker: The author, Alice Walker. Imagery: In lines nine and ten,
one can imagine the too full cup overflowing with emotions. There is a place the loss must go.
There is a place the gain must go.
The leftover love. Poems are the "people"
we vent to.
I understand how poems are made.
They are the tears
that season the smile.
The stiff-neck laughter
that crowds the throat.
The leftover love.
I know how poems are made. I gradually comprehend
how poems are made.
To the upbeat flight of memories.
The flagged beats of the running
heart.
There is a place the fear must go.
There is a place the choice must go.
There is a place the loss must go.
The leftover love.
The love that spills out
of the too full cup
and runs and hides
its too full self
in shame. Alice grew up as the youngest of 8 children. She was born in 1944.
When Alice was eight years old she was hit in the eye with a BB pellet, thus, loosing sight in her right eye forever.
Ended up being valedictorian of Butler-Baker High School. Enrolled at Spellman College in Atlanta Georgia. (1961) Transfered to Sarah Lawrence.
Decided to become a poet/author at Sarah Lawrence College in 1964.
In the last year of Alice's high school career, she became pregnant and, with a friends help, had an abortion.
After College Alice received a travel grant of $2000 and moved to Jackson, MS to work at the Legal Defense Fund of the National Associaton for the Advancement of Colored People.
Married Jewish civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal in 1967. Rebecca Grant born on November 17, 1969. Divorced Melvyn 7 years later.





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5 We chose "Expect Nothing" because it represents Alice Walker's outlook on life. Frugally = careful, sparingly. Tone Theme With low expectations, nothing can disappoint and everything is surprising. Speaker The author, Alice Walker. Hopeful and exciting. Questions? or Comments?



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it was as if we were inside of Alice
Walker's head. Once again, Alice Walker, but
in this case it is a memory playing out in front of us. Tone Remorse of her violent action. Theme History repeats its self. Chastise= Punish - - - - - ^ ^ ^ - ^ - - - - ^ ^ - - ^ ^ - Confusion? Then ask any... ^ ^ ^ ^
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