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in the inner city

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Emily Daly

on 4 January 2013

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Images from Shutterstock.com Structure of the poem (b&c) There are no sentences in the poem because there are no periods. It is simply just a bunch of words expressing an idea. The lines however vary from one word to eight words. The shorter the sentence the more concrete the idea she is expressing is like the phrase "dead men." Or she just wants you to pause like with the word "or" or "home." Title, Tone, and four humours (plus irony) (d) The title is in all lower case letters, setting a more serious tone, possibly even sadness. The lowercase letters also give the feeling of short hand, possibly matching the rushed feeling of the inner city. The title also describes the place where the poem takes place which is one of the very crucial points we're looking for. The tone is also sort of reminiscent of a time when they didn't have to worry about the inner city and it's dangers. The tone implies a sort of learned helplessness of people in the inner city. I think that the tone is both phlegmatic and melancholy because she is sad that she lives in this place, but she does not think that she can obtain anything better and so she must stay in the inner city. I think that that contrast adds irony. There was one thing repeated within the poem, which is the phrase, "in the inner city or like we call it home." Once at the beginning and once at the end, setting up the feeling that they appreciate the fact that they have somewhere to live, although it might not be ideal. However, within the entire poem the feeling that they had to leave their life behind due to some sort of danger. This can be seen when the author said that they are happy to be alive after reminiscing over the, "uptown." It seems as though the inner city may not be a stable home but they are glad they have something. This can be seen when the author says, "and we hang on to our no place." The words "uptown" and "inner city" create a very nice contrast to the reader of the two places the author is talking about. Also, the images of "dead men" and "pastel lights" add to the physical imagery but are still making the same contrast. Imagery: physical and speech related (e) in the inner city
by Lucille Clifton Emily Daly
Hugo Martinez
Brandi Torvinen The author, Lucille Clifton, is the one speaking throughout the poem. She lives in a city divided into two parts, the uptown and the inner city. Lucille finds herself living the inner city, but thinking a lot of the uptown, possibly a better place to live. The uptown is a place with "silent nights", but the author says she is "happy to be alive and in the inner city." The author demonstrates her somewhat false preference for the vivacity of the inner city to the silence of the uptown. It seems that she only prefers it because she thinks it's the best she can get or what she deserves. Narrator, Setting, and Action (a) Trouble Areas (f) Quiz! 1. What does the author mean by saying, "we think a lot about uptown and the silent nights"?
A) She is referring to the feeling of being home and at peace.
B) She is calling the uptown dead and boring.
C) She is referring to the safety of the uptown.
D) She is happy to be alive.
E) She envies the uptown and what it has.


2. What does the author mean by saying, "and the houses straight as dead men."
A) She is referring to the dangers of the inner city.
B) She is criticizing the uptown.
C) She is showing her desire to live there.
D) She is grateful for what she has
E) She thinks about the uptown a lot. "Happy to be alive."
Why is the author happy to be alive? Is the inner city dangerous? Is she glad to be living in the inner city? What could it be?
What are the author's true feelings? She goes back and forth a lot between the inner city and uptown. Quiz What is the significance of the author opting out of traditional sentence structure and grammar rules?
A) She doesn't know or care about grammar rules.
B) She is trying to convey a tone that begs for help in an understated way.
C) She is writing like a child to demonstrate her learned helplessness.
D) She is trying to convey the same rushed, hurried feeling of the inner city.
E) She likes lowercase letters better than uppercase letters.

What does the author mean when she says, "and we hang on to our no place"?
A) Nothing, she is uneducated and is writing jibberish.
B) She is ashamed that she lives in such an understated place.
C) She is hanging on to the inner city because it is all she has.
D) She is being sarcastic and wishes that she could live in a better place.
E) She hates the inner city so she states that it is comparable to having nothing at all. http://blabberize.com/view/id/888582 Quiz How do we know that the author prefers uptown to the inner city?

A) The author repeats it over and over again.
B) The author thinks a lot about the uptown.
C) The author talks about all of the good things uptown offers.
D) The author does not prefer the uptown. She is happy where she is.
E) The author subtly reminisces about what she is missing uptown.
Answers C, C, D, C, E
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