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Transcript of Tupac Poetry
He was born with the name Lesane Parish Crooks
His name was changed by his mother to Tupac Amaru, meaning "shining serpent" and Shakur, meaning "thankful to god"
Never knew his father but had a strong relationship with his mother, who he often wrote about in his songs and poems
In his teens, his mother, step-father, half sister, and half brother moved to Baltimore. While living there he studied at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, focusing on acting and ballet Tupac the Adult Though most knew him as a rapper, he was a very successful actor and poet, starring in the movie "Poetic Justice" and writing the book The Rose That Grew From Concrete
In 1995 he was sentenced four years in prison for sexual abuse
While in prison, he read hundreds of books and even wrote and rapped the Number One album "Me Against the World"
Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting on September 9, 1996 but not pronounced dead until September
The gunman is still unknown Acclaim for Tupac Received no major awards for his poetry but was nominated for 9 Grammys and MTV Video Music Awards
His book of poetry, The Rose That Grew From Concrete, was a bestseller
Most famous poems include: The Rose That Grew From Concrete, Sometimes I Cry, In The Depths of Solitude and Jada
Krispy Kreme says: "Rest in peace, everybody misses you"
Eminem says: "Tupac was the greatest songwriter that ever lived. He made it seem so easy. The emotion was there, and feeling, and everything he was trying to describe. You saw a picture that he was trying to paint.” Sometimes I Cry Sometimes when I'm alone
Cause I am on my own.
The tears I cry are bitter and warm.
They flow with life but take no form
I Cry because my heart is torn.
I find it difficult to carry on.
If I had an ear to confiding,
I would cry among my treasured friend,
but who do you know that stops that long,
to help another carry on.
The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.
Then to stop and see what makes one cry,
so painful and sad.
and no one cares about why. By Tupac Shakur Analysis In the poem “Sometimes I Cry”, there is rhyme and meter, but without a particular rhythm. When he does rhyme, the next rhyming word is always in the next line except for the first rhyme, in which he skips a line. I believe he was trying to emphasize these words because they set the tone for the whole poem, almost summarizing it in those three lines. The only other set of stanzas in which rhyme isn’t used is at the start of the second paragraph when he says, “If I had an ear to confiding. I would cry among my treasured friend”. This being the second of only two sequences in which rhyme isn’t used, he’s definitely trying to emphasize these lines. Critical Paragraph I believe the meaning of the poem “Sometimes I Cry” is quite self-explanatory. It’s a profession of his loneliness and sadness in life, despite being one of the most iconic figures in the world at the time. By saying, “If I had an ear to confiding. I would cry among my treasured friend”. He’s trying to say that he has no one to talk to and confide in despite his “posse” and all his friends. The other example of where the meter is altered is when he says “Sometimes when I’m alone. I Cry, Cause I’m on my own. Like I said this is almost a topic sentence for the poem and draws attention to itself by having a different rhythm than the rest of the poem. I think the main theme of the poem is his enduring loneliness and pain despite all his so-called “friends”. How I Emulated Tupac I noticed that in his poems, capitalization is rarely used, so I used no capitalization. Also, whenever a word can be shortened by using abbreviations such as "u" to say you or "2" to say to, so I used these versions whenever I could. The themes of sadness and loneliness or happiness or pride and joy are always apparent in his poetry so I tried to convey one of these in all my poems. Feelings on Tupac I believe Tupac's body of work reflects the tough road he had to take to get to the escapean end or a beginning?look downsweaty palmsforce a frownstay calman exit or an entrance?pull the knottear streaks downor gamble with a shotstart the count-downa start or a finishcontemplate choicesi’ve adopted the darkdon’t listen 2 the voicesnow they all will barkso the question you have to ask iskick the chair.and r u escaping?or entering?though I have promises to keepmy time has now come to sleep escapean end or a beginning?look downsweaty palmsforce a frownstay calman exit or an entrance?pull the knottear streaks downor gamble with a shotstart the count-downa start or a finishcontemplate choicesi’ve adopted the darkdon’t listen 2 the voicesnow they all will barkso the question you have to ask iskick the chair.and r u escaping?or entering?though I have promises to keepmy time has now come to sleep