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The poet seems to be taking a stand for all women in an effort the build self esteem. Could have possible been dealing with her own self esteem issues. Poem defies the way society view women by using a potted plant as metaphor for the female. As I analyze this poem, I find myself gazing at the plant that sits on my desk in front of me. It Just sits there, looking pretty for me. It serves no other purpose. If I don’t water it, it will dry out and die. If I do not fertilize it, it becomes weak and limp and its pales leaves eventually fall off.

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This plant cannot get up and walk outside on the deck and enjoy the fresh air as the other plants do, it depends on me to carry it out. Sometimes in life, women become the same way, we rely on the men that control our ivies to take care of us; in doing so, there could be women who forget how to care for themselves. We become potted plants allowing someone else to be in control of our lives. C) versification (meter, line-length, rhyme scheme, free verse? ) and structure (first line longer to give emphasis to what a woman is “not”, this word is used several times, alliteration.

Repetition of vowels, assonance. The use of “a women” has rhythm the makes the speaker emphasis, rapid Jerky. Poet’s could be using “plant” of in a negative way by giving the impression that woman objects to being compared to toted plant, giving the speaker a harsh, sharp tone when reading aloud. Poem goes from negative perception to positive perception of a woman: “not a potted plant. ” “unbounded, she is free. ” Another message she may have been trying to relay is that plants become pot and need to be transplanted so roots can spread, the same being true for the growth off woman.

As a speaker, I tend to want to raise my pitch of my voice on the first two lines to get my point across. While reading next few lines I tend to slow down and lower my voice , creating rhythmic variety. Poem lacks punctuation, lines spilling over, could this be enjambment II -Detailed Analysis, Proceeding Through the Poem Line by Line (These elements can be treated in any order, depending how they come up in the poem. Several features may not be present at all. ) a) -vocabulary (abstract, concrete, formal, colloquial, lyrical, dramatic? The vocabulary in this poem is both affective and didactic as it concern the emotions of women and it aim is to inform that a women is not like a potted senses, not Just images based on sight. ) The phrase “her branches espaliered against the fence” created a visual of woman’s body spread out across a bed while she bear the mental burden of the rest of her personal life. ) -figures of speech-(simile, metaphor, apostrophe, paradox, symbol, irony, etc. ) (Why are they used, in your view? What do they add to the poem? ) The entire poem seems to be metaphoric as it compare women to plants. ) -sounds (repetition, rhyme, alliteration, assonance) words like “women,” “not”, and “her” are repeated through the poem. E) -rhythm (long, slow, fast, flowing, quick, Jerky? ) The poem has a variety of rhythm, rapid and Jerky, it slows down, it also tends have a pause here and there. F)-any special effects of versification (metrical rhythm) or enjambment? The poem appears to be a complete enjambment, as one sentence nuns into the next. However ; this seems to be more apparent in third stanza. G)-syntax (word-order, imperatives, exclamations, questions, punctuation, tenses) Poem lacks punctuation marks.

Line form shape like female form. H)- rhetorical situation (speaker, addressee) The speaker could be spokes person for all women, not Just the women of South Africa, who may have inspired poet to write poem. Chances are speaker is female, hopefully speaking to men, but this informative message could be meant to inspires women as well. I)-tone(emotional, matter-of-fact, didactic, sad, happy, remorseful, nostalgic? Tone is extremely matter of fact. My emotions were very uplifted and inspired after the first loud reading. )-structuring devices (vertical/horizontal, spiritual/physical, inner/outer, light/dark; opening and closure of the poem) The first stanza had a the longest sentence which set the mood for the rest of the poem. The third stanza got very choppy/direct possibly denote importance. The final stanza gave me a feeling of calm and confidence. Ill Conclusion a) – overall appreciation of the poem and any relevant remarks off general nature. I really love the poem. Found it very interest that emphasis was put on what appear to e important thing in the woman’s life, but no more important than self. ) – significance of poem, link with other works or with literary era, if possible or relevant. “The Color Purple” and its connection to Africa. I am also reminded of the constant battle for Women’s Rights. I have a very profound appreciation for this poem. I am a divorced woman who has for years made my living as a Horticulturalist; therefore I appreciate the association made between the female and plant. The poet injected so much emotion into this poem that radiated through my soul as I read it aloud. It speaks volumes for all women.

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