Students analyzed poetry focusing on structure, literary devices, and theme, using the book Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes, a collection and response to female Harlem Renaissance poets.

It’s like a mother’s grief from what was happening in the world. And it's more or so talking about what a black mother is telling her child, about how the world is working for them at the moment. A metaphor is comparing two unlike things by saying that one is the other. The poem said at one point “ones who shipped us naked to these shores, under freedom’s flag.”. They are comparing freedom to a flag or kind of like making it seem like the flag represents freedom. They said blood watered the cotton fields. And I think it’s put that way because of the beating and whips the black people got and the deaths that happened in the fields. And I think it means that the cotton fields were watered with blood because of the harsh treatment that took place there. It was a weird pattern (A, B, C, D, E, F,). It would talk about black people's problems and how they were treated. Then it would go to a historical type of message. Don't treat someone a certain way because of how they look. Treat everyone with respect and fairness don’t give special treatment




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