The first two lines of the poem concurrently epitomize the rhetorical device of apposition—the second element serves as an explanation of the first. Sculpt it into The image of your most public self. Nature is forgiving, Nature is resilient. Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need For this bright morning dawning for you. . The theme of the greed that can destroy human civilization is hinted at in stanzas 8 where the River says that the factories that humans have built for profit have dumped toxic waste upon her shores , 16 in which Angelou speaks of the gold prospectors who exploited the labour of the Native Americans , and 28 where Angelou asserts that all human beings are descended from the same source, and are thus brothers and sisters to each other. There is a true yearning to respond to The singing River and the wise Rock.
The horizon leans forward, Offering you space to place new steps of change. I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree I am yours—your Passages have been paid. It says, Come, rest here by my side. But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully, Come, you may stand upon my Back and face your distant destiny, But seek no haven in my shadow. Maya was successful in relating her poem to diversity, change over time, and equality. They all hear The speaking of the Tree. The Rock cries out to us today, You may stand upon me; But do not hide your face.
Rhyme Scheme and Rhetorical Devices: No consistent rhyme scheme is followed throughout the poem. There are two main types of foregrounding: parallelism excessive regularity and deviation excessive regularity. She suffered through trials and tribulations, yet has come out on top as a strong, black woman. I, the rock, I the river, I the tree I am yours--your passages have been paid. Here, root yourselves beside me. I will give you no hiding place down here.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew, The African and Native American, the Sioux, The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek, The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh, The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher, The privileged, the homeless, the teacher. The theme of unity in diversity is seen in stanzas 13 in which Angelou says that people of all beliefs have gathered to listen to the ancient wisdom that the Tree embodies , and 24 in which Angelou asserts that not only the men, but also the women and children must take the responsibility of changing the degraded state of America into one of which they can be proud , and the two lines between stanzas 27 and 28 in which the Rock, the Tree, and the River assert that they will provide support to rich and poor, and young and old alike. It invites the listener to come to the riverside: plant yourself beside the River…root yourselves beside me. Lines 41 - 50 All of humankind feels a need for beauty and wisdom as experienced in the songs of the River and the cries of the Rock. The long vowels slowing everything down. Come, Clad in peace, and I will sing the songs The Creator gave to me when I and the Tree and the rock were one.
I will give you no hiding place down here. Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your brow And when you yet knew you still knew nothing. Come to me, here beside the river. You, who gave me my first name, you Pawnee, Apache and Seneca, you Cherokee Nation, who rested with me, then Forced on bloody feet, left me to the employment of Other seekers—desperate for gain, Starving for gold. There is a peace attainable for humans, if only they'd stop the war machine, if only they'd quit yearning after profits they might understand how this peace is achieved. To give names and define their purpose, yes. The single line following this stanza shows the River engaged in her activity of singing her invitation to human beings.
Your armed struggles for profit Have left collars of waste upon My shore, currents of debris upon my breast. Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Anne Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Maya Angelou is perhaps one of the most extraordinary personalities of the twentieth century. From there, imagery moves to the rock, which is steadfast, unmoving but not unknowing and, more literally, the steps of the Capitol building where presidential inaugurations take place. However, mankind still needs to give birth…to the dream of unity.
Lift up your hearts Each new hour holds new chances For new beginnings. You, who gave me my first name, you Pawnee, Apache, Seneca, you Cherokee Nation, who rested with me, then Forced on bloody feet, left me to the employment of Other seekers—desperate for gain, Starving for gold. No matter how strange we appear to be to others. Come to me, here beside the river. Lift up your eyes upon The day breaking for you. Across the wall of the world, A River sings a beautiful song, It says come rest here by my side. The horizon leans forward, Offering you space to place new steps of change.
The Rock cries out to us today, you may stand upon me, But do not hide your face. . This is a powerful section which poses an existential question in metaphorical form. Since the Rock, the river and the Tree are wiser than everyone else people listen to them. When Angelou was three years old, her parents divorced and sent their children to live in the rural, segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas, with their paternal grandmother, Annie Henderson. A mastadon is a primitive elephant and, if anything like today's elephants, lived in strong family groups peacefully grazing. Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songs The Creator gave to me when I And the tree and stone were one. When Maya Angelo finished, her dream was born in the hearts of all who listened. Why must you be shown 29 times before you can see who they really are? The dinosaur, who left dry tokens Of their sojourn here On our planet floor, Any broad alarm of their hastening doom Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages. It can only be speculated that the need that Maya Angelou is talking about is the need for freedom, not in terms of human rights or civil freedoms, but the essential need to be free from expectations and prejudices, free from burdens of the past and free from fear. Do not be wedded forever To fear, yoked eternally To brutishness. In this stanza, the River says she will wear the colours of peace, and reminisces about the songs the earth had taught her at a time when she, and the Rock, and the Tree lived in unison amongst themselves. The rock says that he is here to help struggle, but not to conceal the person from their fate.