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Language for her includes not only everyday speech but also cultural symbols, lost names, slave spirituals, and African myths. The discovery of these hidden narratives often brings with it a sense of empowerment and obligation. Morrison’s Song of Solomon (1976) is one of the best novels to capture the conflicts between the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement. The novel examines Milkman Dead’s search for gold and the related discovery of his family’s lost African heritage. During his journey, Milkman’s closest friend Guitar mistakenly concludes that Milkman has betrayed him and his cause, and the novel ends in their mutual bloodshed.

Over the years, Rich has become an outspoken feminist and gender critic. One of Rich’s early poems provides a powerful illustration of these themes. ” Here, we can see the symbolic burden that Aunt Jennifer’s marriage places on her private and personal creativity. The ring is so “heavy,” in fact, that she finds it difficult to sew. Of all Rich’s works, The Will to Change (1971) and Diving into the Wreck (1973) have had the greatest social impact. The former is arguably her most political, whereas the latter is the volume in which she first made explicit her feminist views.

Following her meeting with a Salvadorian military officer who emptied a bag full of severed human ears onto the ground, she writes, “Some of the ears on the floor caught th[e] scrape in his voice. ” In this way, a single poem is sometimes all that stands between memory and oblivion. 56 5. NEW VOICES In truth, there is really nothing “new” about ethnic literature such as House of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday or The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. What is new, however, is the attention now being paid to such works.

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