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Robert Hayden

Among other things, the poem can be interpreted as a mordant critique of race relations in America. It says a lot about how African Americans, like Phillis Wheatley, are treated that they have to...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2018 8:16 am UTC

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Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden's poem "The Whipping" features enjambment, alliteration, metaphor, repetition, and contrast to describe an old woman whipping a boy. Enjambment is seen throughout "The Whipping." This...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 1:40 pm UTC

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Robert Hayden

Imagery is the use of words to appeal to the five senses: sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing. Authors use imagery to enhance their theme. Hayden’s poem is about the horrors of the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018 3:40 pm UTC

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Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden was a poet most upset by violence; he was appalled by the Vietnam war and rioting in America in the 1960s, although he did not write the protest poetry that many of his contemporaries...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013 1:01 am UTC

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Robert Hayden

Diction refers to an author's word choice and even, sometimes, syntax, or sentence structure. How formal or informal is it? The diction of this poem is certainly higher than conversational; I would...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 2:17 pm UTC

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Robert Hayden

In "The Whipping," we can assume something that we normally should not: The speaker is the poet. The transition from the use of the words, "the boy" and "him," to "I" and "my" in the middle of the...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2011 6:10 pm UTC

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Robert Hayden

This poem by Robert Hayden partly describes his own life and the realization that the name he was raised with is not the name of his birth parents. However, some African American readers have also...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018 9:35 pm UTC

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