Reading Response

For the reading responses over the poems, A.) List the poems in order from the one you liked best to the one you liked least; B.) Beside each poem title, give a sentence telling me what you think the poem, message, or moral of the poem is, and why; C.) Add one quote to prove your opinion for one of the poems (probably the one you liked best).

Also remember how to cite poems: “I stared and stared/ and victory filled up/ the little rented boat,/ from the pool of bilge/ where oil had spread a rainbow…” (lines 40-45).

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The poem highlights the dreams of African Americans which they are struggling to pursue because of racism and other forms of oppression. In the narrative, the speaker implies that black Americans cannot achieve their dreams when he says, “Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore…
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