A Black Man Talks of Reaping

A Black Man Talks of Reaping

Diction in the poem
-informative
-informal
-poetic
-symbolic
Tone in the poem
-bitter
-angry
-resentful
What does the word “planting” represent in the poem
experience, hard work
What does, “reap what you sow” mean. How does the speaker feel about this?
The phrase explains that, you get out of a situation what you put in. The speaker feels that, because he is of African American descent, what he has sown, will not be returned to him in an equal volume, in part because of racial prejudice.
What are some literary devices used in the poem? examples?
hyperbole- in rows from Canada to Mexico
symbolism(figurative language)- sown, reaped, planted
What type of literary device classifies this poem
Extended Metaphor. The author is comparing planting and reaping to his own experiences as an African American
What is the theme of this poem
racial inequality. Equality is denied, the children or ancestors of the speaker will be treated the same way the speaker was, feeding on inferior food compared to whites, and having less privileges.
Why can the speaker only reap a limited amount to what he sows?
The speaker is an African American, and because of this, the amount of what is gained by reaping is far less than that of a white male.
What does the last line of the poem represent?
The children and ancestors of the speaker figure that even if hard work is put in, they will only feed on bitter fruits, and therefore, if they put no effort, the result will be the same.
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