Lucinda Matlock and Sojourner Truth

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Sarah O.
Dr. Villagomez
Freshmen English
17 April, 2013
“Strong Women: Affecting the Future”
Edgar Lee Masters’ poem “Lucinda Matlock” and Sojourner Truth’s poem “Ain’t I a Woman?” both have characters that lived a difficult life and speak to a wide audience to affect the future, but Masters’ character Lucinda is more serious and concerned while Sojourner Truth is very upset and offended. After rereading both poems, there were actually more similarities than differences in the characters of both poems.

Lucinda Matlock, the character in Edgar Lee Masters’ poem, is a very complaint free and happy person. She speaks about the times she lived in her life. All the good times and all the hardworking times, including raising twelve children, losing eight of them by the age of sixty, keeping the house, taking care of the sick, and the list goes on. But nowhere in lines 1-17 will you find a negative word. Lucinda experiences hardships, but never complains. The author states, “Enjoying, working, raising the twelve children, eight of whom we lost” (lines 7-8). She’s had a rough life but in the end, she’s happy. Lucinda has endured so much in her life but still viewed life as worth it. The author also writes. “At ninety-six I had lived enough, that is all, And passed to a sweet repose” (lines 16-17). Once again in those lines, you won’t find anything negative she has to say about her life. That shows how much of a strong woman she was.

The difficult life Sojourner Truth lives as shown in her poem “Ain’t I a Woman?” is similar to that of Lucinda Matlock’s life. Truth was an older black lady at the time, where in 1851 a woman’s rights convention was held. It was declared that women can’t have the same rights as men. That is when Truth took her stand. She stood up for all women, and told her hardships. Truth’s speech is similar to Lucinda’s life on how they both go through hard times. The author writes, “Look at me! Look at my arm! I have plowed and planted and...
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