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Saturday's Child Analysis
Transcript of Saturday's Child Analysis
Title: "Saturday's Child"
Author: Countee Cullen
Speaker: African American man
"Saturday's Child" Analysis
Poem by Countee Cullens
Poetry Analysis #5
Setting of the poem is not named.
Poetry Analysis #7
"Some are teethed on a silver spoon "
"stars stung for a rattle"
"night black as tar"
"swaddled in silk and down"
"swathed my limbs in sackcloth gown"
Poetry Analysis #6
Man VS Self
Man VS Society
Poetry Analysis #3
The Rhyme Scheme is ABAB.
Poetry Analysis #4
Literal Meaning: This poem is about a child who was born on a Saturday.
Events that take place: Narrator talks about himself as a child and how he was born on a Saturday into poverty, compared to others who were born wealthy.
Poetry Analysis #9
Figures of Speech
night black as tar"
"Dame Poverty gave me my name, "And Pain godfathered me", "Death cut the stings that gave me life"
compares his birth to the planting of a seed in the quote of his father, "Bad time for planting a seed"
these give the poem a deeper meaning.
Poetry Analysis #8
Sound devices in poem
alliteration- "some teethed on silver spoon", "stars strung",
assonance and consonance- black raccoon have both assonance (short a sound) and consonance (hard c sound)
Poetry Analysis #10
Poet does not use particular dialect or vernacular.
Poetry Analysis #11
hardship, pessimistic, and resentful
the whole poem is the same tone so there is no tonal shift.
Poetry Analysis #12
Examples of the tone:
"I cut my teeth as the black raccoon"
"they swaddled my limbs in a sackcloth gown"
"Bad time for planting a seed"
Poetry Analysis #13
This poem compares two different ways of life: those who are born privileged and wealthy, and those who are born into poverty.
Poetry Analysis # 14
Significance of title
"Saturday's Child" refers to the narrator who was born into poverty on a Saturday.
It supports the theme and tone because it talks about the narrator's life as a child.
Poetry Analysis #15
this poem alludes to "Monday's Child" which was a Mother Goose Rhyme.
Also, "And heralded by a star" alludes to the birth of Jesus.
Some are teethed on a silver spoon,
With the stars strung for a rattle;
I cut my teeth as the black raccoon--
For implements of battle.
Some are swaddled in silk and down,
And heralded by a star;
They swathed my limbs in a sackcloth gown
On a night that was black as tar.
For some, godfather and goddame
The opulent fairies be;
Dame Poverty gave me my name,
And Pain godfathered me.
For I was born on Saturday--
"Bad time for planting a seed,"
Was all my father had to say,
And, "One mouth more to feed."
Death cut the strings that gave me life,
And handed me to Sorrow,
The only kind of middle wife
My folks could beg or borrow.
Poetry Analysis #2