Sonia Sanchez Poetry: American Poets Analysis
Innovative in her use of language to convey provocative themes, Sonia Sanchez explores the various forms language takes. Using anything from street language to lyrical haiku, she confronts and takes the reader on a metaphoric journey through both black and white America. Her political activism born in the 1960’s is fused into her poetic voice and vision, as she stated in a 1999 interview: “All poets, all writers, are political.” She further contends that her work has been built on her desire to change the world “for the better.” Influenced by Malcolm X, a political activist along with Sanchez in Harlem, she asserts that she learned a great deal from this African American leader about language, presentation, and keeping the audience’s attention. Moreover, she uses her poetry to share her vision of the world, both past and present. Integrating important figures in African American history such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., into her poetry, she dramatizes significant periods for her readers, both young and old, black and white.
Sanchez’s poetic voice is always revealing and instructive. Elemental to her work is the articulate, engaging voice of the teacher, who with humor and technique labors to guide her students toward understanding and even revelation.
Homegirls and Handgrenades
The critically acclaimed Homegirls and Handgrenades is divided into four sections: “The Power of Love,”...
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