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Alice Walker

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Stephanie Handley

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Transcript of Alice Walker


Remember me?
I am the girl
with the dark skin
whose shoes are thin
I am the girl
with rotted teeth
I am the dark
rotten-toothed girl
with the wounded eye
and the melted ear.

I am the girl
holding their babies
cooking their meals
sweeping their yards
washing their clothes
Dark and rotting
and wounded, wounded.

I would give
to the human race
Only hope.

•7 older brothers & Sisters
•Married Melvyn Leventhal (1967)
•First legally married interracial couple in Jackson, Mississippi
•Daughter Rebecca
•Divorced 1976

•Civil rights advocate
-The Third Life of Grange Copeland
-The Color Purple
-The Temple of My Familiar
-Possessing the Secret of Joy
•Free verse
•Heavy symbolism
•Random capitalizations

•Bad childhood (poor)
•Scholarship to Spelman College (2 years)
in Atlanta, GA
•Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
•Poet Muriel Rukeyser
-Strongly influenced
-Whose agent published first poetry book in 1968 (Once)

Purpose of Writing:
•To correct the wrongs that she observed in the world.
•To delineate oppression of black women.
•Her identity as a black women
Stephanie Handley
Maddie Chilcote
Sadia Najam
Lena Mishack Love Is Not Concerned

love is not concerned
with whom you pray
or where you slept
the night you ran away
from home
love is concerned
that the beating of your heart
should kill no one.
•Love is not a preventable emotion, but occurs naturally no matter the circumstances.
•When you become passionate about someone, their past, religion, and living situation is not significant, only love is.
•Carefree, peaceful, simple, straightforward.
•Easy-to-read poem that is not depressing or imposing whatsoever.
•Straightforward because it merely focuses on the way love works.
•Simple because there is no excessive doting on the subject, only an easily understandable explanation/interpretation.
Purpose for Selecting this Poem
•It is an especially clear poem- no guesswork needs to be done in order to understand it.
•It offers a fresh perception of love.
•This exhibits the pureness of love’s intentions in a time when true love is scarce.
•Most likely the speaker is the poet, Alice Walker, writing of her perception of love.
Literary Element
•Personification- as if love has feelings
•Love is pure and natural.
•Represents what the entire poem is about
When written: late 1900s Symbolism:
•Transformation: oppression and poor living to freedom and hope.
•First two stanzas: her experience as a child, shot in the eye
•The speaker’s physical traits badly affected her life
•"holding their babies / cooking their meals / sweeping their yards / washing their clothes" <- line shows how life is as an African American in hard times.
•Shows that her life is “dark and rotting / and wounded, wounded"-referring to the hardships of her early life and racism.

•Alice Walker- a girl with a wounded eye is mentioned.
•She grew up very poor.
•The whole poem is full of imagery:
1.The girl with dark skin
2.She has thin shoes
3.She has rotten teeth
4.The girl also has a wounded eye and melted ear
•Remembering the past, learning from the past and progressing, don’t forget your identity.
•Lugubrious, depressed, gloomy -> hopeful, optimistic
•Overcome difficulties with hope, but don’t forget your old self
Sound Devices
•Rhythm- typically 4 syllables per line, sometimes 3 or 5 syllables per line
1.I am the girl
2.I would give to the human race only hope
Poem’s Meaning
•The speaker is reaching out to someone asking them, do you remember me?- she has changed
•The speaker is poor and lives a hard life in the beginning
•Throughout the poem the speaker improves her life
•There is little hope in the beginning, but lots of hope at the end
When Written
•Late 1900s
•Poverty How she started:
•When Alice was eight, her brother shot her with a BB gun.
•Left scarred and blinded in one eye until she was 14 – had an operation.
•Disfigurement made her shy & self conscious.
•Used writings as a means to express herself, especially in hard times of depression and poverty. Background Information Expect Nothing

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 giant
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live Frugally
On Surprise.
SIFT Speaker: Alice Walker Symbolism
•Parka- transform disappointment and make it something positive that defines yourself

Figurative Language
•Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.
•(Stanza 2)
Tone: Humble, Melancholy, Cheerful, Inspiring, Sincere Theme
•Expect no pity or compassion and live life using your own resources.
•Wish for nothing from others and live spontaneously.
•Don't spend life planning.
•Don’t worry about the little things.
•Disappointment should be made positive.
•Don’t take life for granted.
•Don’t be selfish or greedy.
•A life with joy and happiness is a better life.
•Always have hope and faith.
•Expect Nothing
•Live in the moment
When Written: late 1900s Title
•Represents the entire poem’s focus and theme.
•Expect nothing- live using what you have and live life to the fullest.
Purpose For Selecting the Poem
•Great theme.

Part of country:
Eatonton, GA Bibliography Figurative Language
I am the dark- metaphor
she is connecting "the dark" to being an African American
she is in the shadow, hiding, depressed (connects to her life) •Second half of poem
oNo longer is the speaker oppressed by anything referring to race
oShows that hope is the thing that changes a person (stanza 4 & 5)
oStanza 4 & 5: image of the positive, happy person
oThe African American person has accepted their identity
oClosing stanzas shows that justice and hope are essential to have in society
oLast 2 stanzas: the roots referred to are justice, hope, and equality used to fight against discrimination and unfairness.
oLet us begin: transform the society by having hope and justice. Alice Walker "Alice Walker." Online Image. B-Side Nation. 2009/2010. April 18, 2010 <http://www.bsidenation.com//images/bsidepics1/alice%walker1.jpg>.

"Alice Walker." Online Image. Propagandica. January 23, 2009. April 18, 2010 <http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://propagandica.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/walker.jpg&imgrefurl=http://propagandica.wordpress.com/2009/01/&usg=__Eg6Mj6YZS2NSWycAxL_UCF6N9xE=&h=375&w=320&sz=19&hl=en&start=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=SA288v8zpwitxM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=104&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dalice%2Bwalker%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2GGLL_en%26tbs%3Disch:1>.

"Alice Walker with Her Family." Online Image. Smokie Says Blog Spot. July 2009. April 18, 2010 <http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Ma11hmpUv2I/SnFMikRU5NI/AAAAAAAABo4/Iml_Y9ZJPKw/s400/alice+walker+with+hubby+and+baby.jpg>.

"Alice Walker with Her Family." Online Image. Smokie Says Blog Spot. July 2009. April 18, 2010 <http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Ma11hmpUv2I/SnFMikRU5NI/AAAAAAAABo4/Iml_Y9ZJPKw/s400/alice+walker+with+hubby+and+baby.jpg>.

"An Open Letter from Alice Walker." Online Image. Blackmystory's Weblog. March 27, 2008. April 18, 2010 <http://blackmystory.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/6bw_alice_walker_h2.jpg>.

"An Open Letter from Alice Walker." Online Image. Blackmystory's Weblog. March 27, 2008. April 18, 2010 <http://blackmystory.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/6bw_alice_walker_h2.jpg>.

Bashaw, EA. "Alice Walker with her teacher and mentor Muriel Rukeyser." Online Image. Alice Walker. August 5,1998. April 18, 2010 <http://www.wc.pdx.edu/alicewalker/walker.html>.

Bonita. "Old shoes." Online Image. Nameless in Taipei. March 27, 2009. April 18, 2010 <http://namelessintaipei.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/old-shoes.jpg>.

"Her Blue Body Everything We Know." Online Image. Forest Books-Online. No date. April 18, 2010 <http://www.forestbooks.net/Converted%20images/HerBlueBodyEverythingWeKnow_6x10.JPG>.

"The Best Place One Could Be on Earth-Alice Walker." Online Image. Ukiah Blog Live. July 26, 2009. April 18, 2010 http://ukiahcommunityblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/alice_collards.jpg.

"The Color Purple." Online Image. The University of Arizona. 2010. April 18, 2010 <http://www.life.arizona.edu/diversity/images/Color_purple.jpg>.

www.cooljeba.com. "Heart." Online Image. Web Design Tutorials. No date. April 18, 2010 <http://www.webdesigntutorials.net/tutorials/photoshop_tutorials/images/heart/heart_pic9.gif>.
The Woman Behind The Shadows First Poem

Love Is Not Concerned Second Poem

Expect Nothing Close-Read

Remember? Figurative Language:
Repetition- love is... I am the woman
with the blessed
dark skin
I am the woman
with teeth repaired
I am the woman
with the healing eye
the ear that hears.

I am the woman: Dark,
repaired, healed
Listening to you.

I would give
to the human race
only hope.

I am the woman
offering two flowers
whose roots
are twin

Justice and Hope
Hope and Justice
Let us begin.
Bomarito, Jessica, and Jeffrey W. Hunter. "Alice Walker: Introduction." GaleNet. Cengage Learning, 2005. Web. 13 Apr. 2010. <http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?&id=GALE%7CCX3441600555&v=2.1&u=lom_rochesterhs&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w>.

Walker, Alice. Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems, 1965-1990 Complete. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. Print.
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