Audre Lorde Poetry: American Poets Analysis
Audre Lorde called herself a “black lesbian feminist warrior poet.” At the heart of her work as poet, essayist, teacher, and lecturer lies an intense and relentless exploration of personal identity. Beyond the stunning portrayals of her deepest insights and emotions, her work is filled with powerful evocations of universal survival. The substance of her poetry and essays always reaches beyond the individual self into deep concerns for all humanity. Progressively, her work reveals an increasing awareness of her West Indian heritage in relation to her place in American society and its values.
All of Audre Lorde’s poems, essays, and speeches are deeply personal renditions of a compassionate writer, thinker, and human being. Indeed, she drew much of her material from individual and multifaceted experience; she rendered it in writing that sought to reveal the complexity of being a black feminist lesbian poet. She expressed the feelings of being marginalized in an American society that is predominantly white, male, heterosexual, and middle class. Her writings reflected the changing constitution and perspective of American life, but she never relented to an easy optimism, nor did she make uninformed dismissals of society’s ills. Her personal experiences made her compassionate toward those who suffer under oppressive regimes all over the world. By drawing from the history and mythology of the West Indies, she was able to refer to the racism and sexism...
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