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A Plauged Journey

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Sarah Tolan

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of A Plauged Journey

A Plagued Journey
A Plagued Journey by Maya Angelou is a poem that was written to explore the possibility of hope and convey to the readers the meanings behind her words through various literary devices such as theme, personification, imagery and enjambment.
The struggle of maintaining hope during difficult times.

"Hope fades, day is gone/into its irredeemable place"

Her relationship with "Gloom" is stronger than the one with "Hope" - she is afraid of it because of its beauty and optimistic ways - she doesn't trust it.
Emphasis
Emphasizes hope as it plays an important role in her life.

"Hope" - capital H
-Conveys to the readers that hope holds immense power

Personification
Personifies the emotions "Gloom" and "Hope"

"Gloom crawls around
lapping lasciviously
between my toes, at my ankles,
and it sucks the strands of my
hair. It forgives my heady
fling with Hope. I am
joined again into its
greedy arms."
A Plagued Journey
Theme - Hope
Imagery
Alliteration + Sibilance
Uses these two literary devices to emphasize the words and their meanings.
e.g. "lapping lasciviously" and "sucks on the strands..."
sibilance - alludes to the sexual desire with the s sounds.
"between", "at", "sucks" - words that allude to sexual desires

First stanza
"lungs hold. The invader takes
direction and
seeps through the plaster walls.
It is at my chamber, entering
the keyhole, pushing
through the padding of the door.
I cannot scream. A bone
of fear clogs my throat.
It is upon me. It is
sunrise, with Hope
its arrogant rider."
Emotions
"A bone of/fear clogs my throat"
shows horror, lost and fear

She is afraid of this "Hope", and is resisting to it as it “seeps” through the walls, is at her “chamber”, “entering the keyhole” and it is “pushing” its way into her life.

Enjambment
Used throughout the entire poem

Creates a continuum of thoughts, as if the emotions will go on forever - a never ending cycle of hope and gloom coming in and out of her life.

Conveys the disorientated mind of the poet, and evokes confusion

Conclusion
In a Plagued Journey, Angelou attempts to relate our lives to the poem.

The use of literary devices strongly conveys her feelings to the readers. In the poem, Angelou will never escape the darkness inside her, no matter how hard she tries. She will forever be "joined again into its greedy arms." - "Gloom"

Back to our thesis statement:
A Plagued Journey by Maya Angelou is a poem that was written to explore the possibility of hope and convey to the readers the meanings behind her words through various literary devices such as theme, personification, imagery and enjambment.
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