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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

In this poem, the poet directs the reader to observe and listen to the slave woman who has to give up her child. In the first three stanzas, the poet asks the reader whether he or she heard the...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2017 3:10 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The speaker of "Learning to Read" is an almost-sixty-year-old woman who has been denied the opportunity to read, since she grew up as a slave. She recalls that slaves' "masters always tried to hide...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 7:13 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Perhaps the thesis statement of this poem can be found in these two lines: My rest shall be calm in any grave Where none can call his brother a slave. The two key themes in the poem, then, are...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 8:14 am UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Frances Harper was a female African American poet of the 1800s. Her poems "Ethiopia" and "The Slave Mother" reflect on the pain and suffering of slavery in the United States but also the legacy of...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 3:14 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

After ten years apart, the cousins Janette and Laura have been reunited at the latter's deathbed. During that time, Janette has lived an independent life, pursuing a career as a writer. Laura, on...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 3:32 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The themes of "Bury me in a Free Land" by Francis E. W. Watkins Harper circle around the speaker's desire to be unassociated with any country where slavery is practiced. The speaker says she would...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 10:52 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The answer to this question can be found at the very beginning of the short story. Here, Laura is writing and then tearing up one letter after another, seemingly unable to make a decision about...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 4:53 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

In the story "Two Offers," the author never explains the merits of each offer of marriage. Rather, it's clear that the woman has two offers and isn't sure whether she can love either man enough to...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 6:19 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

There is an elevated form of diction that governs Harper's "Let the Light Enter." This word choice is deliberate on her part. One reason why the diction has to be elevated is because of the...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2014 9:43 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Reading Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's poem Let the Light Enter, one is naturally tempted to interpret her work through the prisms of her African American heritage and abolitionist sentiments...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2014 11:27 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

It seems like you could start your exploration of identity crises in Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s poems with religion. As you might have noticed, many of the speakers in Harper’s poems are...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020 3:04 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The long poem Moses: The Story Of The Nile by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper has great significance for Christian African American readers. It was published fourteen years after her first poetry...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2015 12:26 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

There are several rhetorical devices that the speaker uses convey a tone of strength through Eliza Harris's actions. Anaphora repeats a phrase in successive clauses. Consider this section of the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019 7:04 pm UTC

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

"Let the Light Enter" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper has a fairly simple rhyme scheme. The structure of the poem is six stanzas, each of which are four lines. In the first stanza, Harper employs...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2016 10:05 am UTC

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