Lucille Clifton Questions and Answers

Lucille Clifton

The time and circumstance are volatile in nature. The change of fortune and the old age shouldn't deprive one of his or her deserved regard and honor. Miss Rosie or Georgia Rose, as she was called...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 9:43 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

In the poem, we are given Miss Rosie's present before we know her past. Now, she is an impoverished, feeble old woman. When we learn that she "used to be the best looking gal in Georgia," readers...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2010 11:38 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

“There Is a Girl Inside” could be seen as a feminist work in that it challenges the prevailing notion in society that older women are somehow not sexual beings. This is unequivocally a feminist...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2020 4:21 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton’s poem “There is a Girl Inside” is rich with figurative language that symbolizes how the speaker’s youthful spirit lives on in her aging body. Some powerful symbols in this poem...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 2:45 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

The mood of the poem is twofold. First, the mood is quite sad. The speaker describes an older woman surrounded with the sight and smell of garbage. She is likely to be homeless. The speaker uses...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2015 8:30 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Formalist theory focuses on a work's or a poem's literariness; what makes it different from everyday speech. Formalists want to distinguish literature/poetry from everyday language. Formalists do...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2011 12:54 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton's "Moonchild" is a short poem, only four stanzas, but there is a great deal going on. I'll help you examine literary features in each stanza. Let's start with the first three...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 12:03 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

In this poem, Clifton pits a powerful (greater) dream self against her everyday self. She emphasizes the weakness and smallness of the this everyday self by using a lower-case "i" to describe it....

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 1:49 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

I read the poem as an announcement in the voice of an older woman. The message is that the older woman will not embrace the social expectations of old age, which require her to be non-sexual....

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 1:41 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Reader response criticism is when a reader tries to form his own interpretation of a text by considering its details. In this case, you may want to consider the major metaphors in the poem. The...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 7:37 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

I don't think Clifton intended this poem to mean that the speaker stands up in superiority over Miss Rosie. But, I will say that if you don't know Clifton's intent, the poem is totally vague on...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2010 5:15 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton's poem "There Is a Girl Inside" speaks with an energetic, hopeful, and also melancholic tone. The speaker is an older woman talking about her self-identification as a more youthful...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 10:00 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

The four poems—Lucille Clifton's "to my last period" and "poem to my uterus" and Maxine Kumin's "Skinnydipping with William Wordsworth" and "Sonnet in So Many Words"—intersect in their form of...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 3:59 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

I have always liked Lucille Clifton's poetry. Many of her pieces, including this poem "We and They," have a strong note of playful optimism. One literary technique that she uses in this poem is...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2010 10:01 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Along with the rest of the poem, the above line suggests strongly that Miss Rosie has fallen on hard times. It didn't used to be like this. Once upon a time, she was the best-looking girl in...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 11:41 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton writes very expressive poetry, generally autobiographical, and always full of "accessible" imagery. By that I mean she uses everyday elements to draw for us a picture of her...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2010 2:10 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton is an African-American poet who went to visit Walnut Grove Plantation in South Carolina in 1989, and, not surprisingly, it was this experience which prompted her to write "at the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2014 2:00 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

I had to edit your question as what you were asking for wasn't very clear. This poem does employ a very powerful idiom, but what you quoted in your original question certainly wasn't an idiom. An...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2010 6:50 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton's poem, "Untitled" uses fairly colloquial free verse, a form that had become common in the early twentieth century, and therefore cannot properly be termed unconventional in a poet...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2015 7:47 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton was an African American poet. She wrote this poem after visiting Walnut Grove Plantation in South Carolina in 1989. While visiting the plantation, she was shown around by a tour...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019 4:08 pm UTC

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Lucille Clifton

An idiom is an expression that does not mean what the literal meanings of the individual words denote. That is, the meaning of the idiom cannot be inferred from the meaning of the individual words...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2010 5:25 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

"Good Times" is a short poem in which Lucille Clifton describes some of the simple pleasures of poor African-Americans in the middle part of the 20th century. The poem consists of two stanzas, each...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 8:14 am UTC

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Lucille Clifton

Formalist criticism of Lucille Clifton’s “There Is a Girl Inside” will emphasize the poem itself. Formalist analysis centers on what’s in the poem and not on issues that could be related to the...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2021 2:21 pm UTC

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