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Transcript of Poem Analysis
-Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Georgia
-last of 8 children
-Attended Spellman College and got a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College
-First African American women to win the Pulitzer Prize for the book The Color Purple
-The Color Purple was later turned into a movie and then was put on Broadway
-Writing portrays "womanist" literary works Lets go back in time "Expect Nothing" Expect nothing. Live frugally
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need. So how does it all come together? -Walker's careful and thought out word choice reveals the intended message she wanted the reader to obtain.
-Avoids figures of speech because it adds complexity .
-This poem uses plainness as a literary technique, expressing the "truth" within the poem with simplicity. "Expect Nothing" By: Alison Rumberger & Selma Hamzabegovic Journey to Alice Walker Island -Don't expect too much from people
-Don't get your hopes up Paraphrase (1-2) Don't ask for too much, live a simple life.
(3-4) Accept what you have and rid yourself from complaints.
(5-7) Ration kindness and don't take more than what is needed.
(8-9)Take matters into your own hands and don't depend. (10-12)Keep your desires to a minimum, chances are the larger the desire the larger than what is needed.
(13-14) Look at disappointments in positive light, don't let them knock you down, with little effort you can accomplish great things.
(15-16)Use your failures as guidance for achievements in the future (17-20)Remain humble and live a simple life, appreciating what really matters. Connotations Personification:
"Tame wild disappointment"
"Make of it a parka for your soul" Figurative Language:
"wish for nothing larger than your own small heart or greater than a star" Symbolism:
"So tiny human midget"
"Your own small heart"
-what you have to offer and your capabilities Attitude -No shifts
-Optimistic thoughts Theme -Don't set your expectations to high, live realistically
-Don't overlook the little things in life, they tend to make the biggest impact. 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. "Be Nobody's Darling" Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast; Be pleased to walk alone
Or line the crowded
With other impetuous
Fools Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said But be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead. Paraphrase (1-2) Don't conform to what people expect, be your own person. (3-4) Step out of your comfort zone and do what people are normally afraid to, take risks. (9-11)Even though people might react negatively, continue as they make remarks, be you. (12-13)Let them judge you, continue being you, and be the best you can be. (15-20)Don't be afraid to stand out, be unique and don't conform to please society. (21-25)Speak out for those who've always wanted to say something but were too afraid to, be the voice that makes a change. (26-29)Be different, live your life with no regrets, don't live life with "ifs","could've","would've", or "should've". Connotations Figurative Language: Expressions & Hyperboles -Similes-"like a shawl"-protection, security "Be nobody's darling""Take the contradictions of your life" Attitude -Self confident and empowering -words like "Brave","Qualified","Pleased" have a positive tone and are linked to confidence -No shifts Theme -Be yourself and follow your dreams even though they may not be approved by society. -Value of individuality -Nonconformity Tie the Loose ends 1. What was the theme of the first poem, "Expect Nothing"? 2. On a piece of paper describe one character trait you believe is what defines a person? What makes it so important?