"One Today"- Poem Analysis Richard Blanco is a Cuban- American poet who was given the oppurunity to write an inaugaration poem for Barack Obama's second swearing-in. He wrote a poem titled "One Today" that praised the good and unique things about the United States and also the everyday people who's daily routines help to make America the proud country that it is. Blanco uses several rhetorical devices throughout "One Today", more so in the first few stanzas. An example of figurative language he used was the repetition of certain words or similar words in order to create a flow within the poem. "My face, your face, millions of faces in morning's mirrors" is a line in the poem that best represents this. Blanco also uses personification to give a better description of the beauty that he is describing, such as "plum blush of dusk". Another use of figurative language found in stanza four is the repetition of the word "hands" which he uses to represent the many hard-working hands of America and the things they do to contribute to the well-being of the country. The word choice in the poem is a big part of what I think ties the whole poem together, and creates a theme that carries through each stanza. As you read the poem you will notice the excessive use of the word "one" which is most often featured at the beginning of a stanza and followed by something that connects everyone in the country together. An example of this is the first line in the fourth stanza of the poem, which reads "One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat and hands...". Another example is the use of words that represent movement. "Rose, charging, crescendoing, teeming, launching, jetting" are all words used throughout the poem that outline the daily movement that occurs in the lives of American citizens. In the sixth stanza of the poem Blanco gives examples of the many different ways that you may hear U.S residents say hello. I think that he
In the above lines pulled from the poem "One Today", I put the words in bold that I would change if I had been the author. I would change the word "write" to deliver, because anyone can write a poem, but Blanco was stating that his mothers hard work got him where he is today, and not everyone is able to deliver a speech at a presidential inauguration. In the second and third examples, I would change "hear" to observe and "tired" to weary, as I believe those are stronger word choices that will get….
almost identical to things we have seen in the past. For example, the way gay individuals are being refused service in restaurants and other businesses is just like looking back on segregation in the 1940's. The two poems, "On the Pulse of Morning" written by Maya Angelou, and "One today" written by Richard Blanco, offer ways to return peace in the country.….
moving to this beautiful country and that is exactly what Richard Blanco did as he read his poem, “One Today,” for president Obama’s second inauguration. Blanco was the first Cuban-American that was an openly gay poet presenting his text infront of the whole nation. His poem takes us through a day in the life of an American from sunrise to sunset, incorporating our similar daily experiences into his poem. It exposes America’s geographical features, different cities, scenery and the tragedies that….
values written that are of great meaning and is very significant in my life. “Love is expressed more in deeds than in words,” is one of them. It doesn’t necessarily apply to a particular individual but rather to the heart of many that I have touched and I can touch. It is inspiring to do more, to say more, to love more, and to be more that I am for others! I remember what one instructor told me: these Ignatian values are interrelated with each other. Praise that I realized how they are the foundation….
Rose is usually the one trying to reach out and connect with her mother, but unfortunately her mother doesn’t reciprocate. The in-between space from This One Summer I intended to capture in the photo is the space between Alice and Rose. They don’t fully ignore each other, but they don’t connect either. I also wrote a poem, which accompanies the photo. Some of the aspects of my photo that were….
deals with the same subject as “One Coat of Paint” The poem and the image are similar because they are both hopeful.They both are about how people have to wait until a certain time in their life where it gets easier. They are trying to say that a person shouldn’t give up just because it’s hard. It will get easier, but you just have to wait. The image is of a soldier looking out onto a pretty landscape. I think the soldier is waiting to go home and see his family. The poem is talking about anyone who….
One Hard Life
(A Discussion of the theme Life is Not Always Easy in Spoon River Anthology)
Nothing about life is easy; you work, you try, and sometimes you fail regardless of your efforts.Some people believe in reincarnation, others in some form of an afterlife, and some believe you only have one life. Believing that you’re only able to live one life could benefit the person because they take that idea and they accept it. In that acceptance they choose to live everyday….
Bunt”, “A Small Town with One Road”
When one first looks at a reading, the first thing they see is the title. The title can offer a multitude of meanings for the reader to interpret. Readers can extract connotative meanings from the poems based off their denotative meanings, to help create a perspective on the definition of the title. When the reader reads through the three poems, “Barbie Doll,” “A Sign For My Father Who Stressed The Bunt,” and “A Small Town With One Road,” they can perceive how….
Response to Literature
Purpose: To explore meaning
Read the poem below and think about its content, theme, organization, and use
of poetic techniques. Then read student writer Stefano Giagregorio’s analysis.
I AM THE PEOPLE, THE MOB
By Carl Sandburg
I AM the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is
done through me?
I am the workingman,….
the time to teach him correctly. Another notion that women hold is; if a man gives a flower or writes a poem, he is in some strange way degrading her or just trying to get into her pants. On the flip, side I constantly see women being abused and still going back to their men only because he said, "I love you." I believe that is why women have been forced to be on the defensive. The Poem "One perfect Rose"(Pp 82) has brought to my attention: I as a man of little wealth, that doesn't put me in a….