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Homework Help: American Lit => Ms.Sue (Poetry analysis help)

Posted by ~christina~ on Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 3:22am.

Poem
"for rosa parks"

And how was this soft-voiced woman to know
that this was "No"
in answer to the command to rise
would signal the begining
of the time of walking
Soft the word
like the closing of some aweful book,
a too-long story
with no pauses for reason,
but yes, and ending
and the signal to begin the walking.
But the people had walked before
in yoked formations down to Calabar,
into the belly of the close-ribbed whales,
sealed for seasons
and unloaded to walk again
alongside cane stalks tall as men.
No, walking was not new to them.
Saw a woman tie rags to her feet
running red, burnishing the pavements,
a man with no forty acres
just a mule
riding towards Jerusalem

I think I understand the poem's content but I have problems analyzing poetic techniques and the structure of this poem as well.

What I got out of the poem was:
that I started to think the the structure was AABAA but then after that it didn't go back to the same pattern and I got confused.

In the begining the poem makes references to Rosa Parks herself. Talking about how she was ordered to give up her seat. Then it talks of "the time of walking" which I took to mean that it started the bus boycott and the march on washington eventually.

When they say "soft the word like the closing of some aweful book, a too-long story" I think that they are speaking of the closing they mean the ending of segregation and slavery which lasted for such a long time.

When they say:
But the people had walked before
in yoked formations down to Calabar,
into the belly of the close-ribbed whales,
sealed for seasons
and unloaded to walk again
alongside cane stalks tall as men.

here I looked the place Calabar up on the internet and found it was the place in Africa where they sent the slaves to be shipped out to other countries. I thought that the "belly of the close ribbed whales" was a metaphor for the are of the bottom of the boat where the slaves were kept. (I'm not sure if metaphor is the right word though)

<b.sealed for seasons
and unloaded to walk again
alongside cane stalks tall as men.
No, walking was not new to them.
Saw a woman tie rags to her feet
running red, burnishing the pavements,
a man with no forty acres
just a mule
riding towards Jerusalem
here I think that when the poem says,"sealed for seasons and unloaded to walk again" it refers to the fact that the slaves were unloaded when they got to their destination and also to that they were kept on the ships for long periods of time.

I think my analysis is okay but I need help on whether what I think above is correct and also with the structure of the poem and the poetic techniques used.
some that I came up with:
alliteration: where they say in the first line "..soft-voiced woman to know" (o is repeated) but not sure about what alliteration or assonance is and how I would know if it's occuring.
rhyme: perfect and imperfect rhyme in the poem such as "begining" and "walking" => imperfect rhyme I think
and "know" and "No" since they don't look alike also=>imperfect rhyme

Other than those that I mentioned I need help on the poetic techniques.

Thank you

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