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The Hopeless Spirit in Puerto Rican Obituary

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Puerto Rican Obituary is a very-long poem written by Pedro Pietri, a Puerto Rican who entered the U.S military. He was born in Puerto Rico in 1944 and raised in Harlem. He was drafted to the army after he graduated from high school. He served in Vietnam and returned tothe United States as a fierce opponent of that war and the system that spawnedit. He said that it was not Vietcong who was the enemy, but the mercenaries who invaded their country. He was an activist of The Young Lords, which is acommunity activists supporting demands for fair and affordable housing anddecent health care and running free breakfast for children. The Young Lordswere destroyed by U.S. government provocations in the mid-1970s, but PedroPietri continued on as radical activist and poet –he saw no distinction between these two roles. Most notably he helped to found and sustain the Nuyorican Poets CafĂ©, an acclaimed center for oppositional arts and literature.
Pedro Pietri read Puerto Rican Obituary…

Literal Interpretation of Philip Larkin's Aubade

Philip Larkin was born on August the 9th 1922 in Coventry, England. He worked as a librarian in the provincial city of Hull, where he died on December 2, 1985. This anti-social poet, who was commonly referred to England’s Other Poet Laureate, never married. After he discovered the poetry of Thomas Hardy in 1946, he became a great admirer of his poetry. Making him as his guide to write poetry, he learned how to make the commonplace and often dreary details of his life. Like Hardy, he focused on intense personal emotion but strictly avoided sentimentality or self-pity. His volumes of poems are The North Ship, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings, and High Windows. Aubade that was published in the Times Literary Supplement on December 23, 1977 is one of Larkin’s most well-known poem. This poem is like a song at dawn that reminds us of death.
The first stanza of it tells about a man who gets up at 4 AM after getting drunk the night before. The man is a worker living in a bi…

Alloplastic and Autoplastic Adaptation in The Namesake

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Ashima Ganguli is a woman who was originally born in India. She moved to America after marrying Ashoke Ganguli, a student of Ph.D. program, who later teaches in a university town outside Boston. Although she lives in America, she does not want to put off her Ganguli culture. She dresses in Sari, puts a red-dot on her forehead, and eats traditional food. Her lifestyle is based on what she has learned in her hometown. Ganguli culture is glued in her blood, and this strong culture in her makes her family become together. She is the culture balancer at home. However,she thinks that she does not belong in the Uncle Sam country. She always compares the culture of where she came from and where she is now. In India,there were so many relatives she could depend on. However, in America, she has no one except her husband, Ashoke. Her first moment of experiencing this loneliness is when she gave birth to her first baby. She had no relatives to accompany her in the hospital. She was …

Black Boy and the American Dream

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Through his book titled Black Boy, Richard Wright expresses his individual perspective on the American Dream. Many people have their own American Dream, and that dream might be all about wealth, status, or any else. Some of them can also be just dreamers without taking any efforts to achieve their goals. However, for Richard, American Dream is as much complicated as it can be and he does not mind to work hard on it.
All the bitter childhood experiences Richard has got through in his hometown led him to the conception that living somewhere out of there will give him a better luck. He believes that if he takes his mother and brother to move to the North of America, they will get a better life. Also, that means they can be happier than ever. It is because Richard always hears so. He has heard this thing too many times since he was a child that it is shaped in his mind that if he gets out of the racial place he is from, he will have a finer life. Moving to the North becomes a …