Homage to My Hips

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Kevin Gray
English 1020
Prof. Cole
4/22/13

Lucille Clifton “homage to my hips”

In “homage to my hips,” Lucille Clifton discusses how much pride she has in her hips. This poem discusses Clifton’s hips, and how they are free from certain views of society. She is self-satisfied and respects herself regardless of what others may think or say. In this poem Clifton celebrates her big hips.

In today society most people are very judgmental and honest. In society expect women to be picture as slim, fit, prominent featured like supermodels on TV, magazines, or runways. However, Clifton knows and does not see herself as these models. She cares less of what others may think or say about her because she takes pride in herself. Clifton states, “these hips are big hips (636/1).” She does not seem to be upset about the fact that she has big hips. In fact, she calls this poem “homage” to her hips, which would suggest that their bigness is part of what she’s praising. . It's a big problem with this generation that most women feel they are constantly being judged by their appearance. Media now as days makes it hard on women to be who they are and proud of what God has given them. Clifton really proves with this poem that she is proud of what God has given her and is not afraid to be herself. She is not self-conscience in the least bit.

What comes to mind when thinking of little petty places are airplane seats, some doorways, movie theater seats, etc. Clifton knows that she has a hard time and she space so that she can fit into these places. Clifton quotes, “they don’t fit into little petty places (636/4-5).” Her hips are so big that they don’t fit into little places that a supermodel figure would fit into. She does not wear a size 1-2 in jeans as the reader can point out but she needs her space. Each line that she writes have such a deeper meaning which brings attention to the readers to each word and its significant role in providing an image of her hips. Given all of...
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