Can you help me annotate the poem "An Anthem" by Sonia Sanchez?"an anthem" is the whole title of the poem.
Annotation is very personal in that it is the reader's transaction with the text. Each reader will come to a text with his/her own life experiences and background knowledge, for that reason, each reader will want to highlight a different aspect of the text. As a general rule for those beginning to use annotation, you may want to underline/highlight interesting words/phrases. You may want to circle unknown vocabularly. You may want to question what the text means by writing a note in the margins, or you may use marginal notes to jot down ideas you have about meaning, or literary elements. In the reference links, I am linking an article by Dr. Robert Adler, about how to mark a book.
Regarding Sonia Sanchez's poem, it is best to begin one stanza at a time. (Annotations will be bolded)
Our vision is our voice --Alliteration. Their goal is their guide.
we cut through the country
where madmen goose step in tune to Guernica. --Guernica was bombed during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
we are people made o fire
we walk with ceremonial breaths
we have condemned talking mouths. -Condemned talking mouths? They don't want to hear other's voices? Mouths - Guernica -- perhaps referring to the Pablo Picasso painting?
we run without legs
we see without eyes
loud laughter breaks over our heads. -Must be the Picasso painting, it fits the image. This is an ekphrastic poem, then.
This is a sample of how to annotate, but as stated earlier, it is best to do this with your own voice, because only you will be able to interpret what you know; however, I hope this will help guide you in the direction you should be looking. (Second link is to an image of Picasso's painting of Guernica.)