Edmund Spenser is mentioned in the concluding couplet of the poem in a passage went through some curious alterations:
However, there is something that is important to take note of; the presence of the word, Jemima. By mentioning the woman that many know to be the face of pancake syrup, Nichols is working on this stereotype deep at its roots.
She is strong, healthy and loving. The woman that we meet in this poem is a woman whose family history is important and it should not be a subject of mockery.
The pancakes, are of no relation to the syrup that we currently know.
Also, as we continue to read through, we began to hear of moments of cleaning, scolding and loving. Through this second stanza, the work begins to ring of history; the history of slavery. As a woman from the South I understand these ideals that are present in lines A woman, especially a woman who works in the house is responsible for the upkeep of the home.
Whether it be a woman of slavery or a woman of modern times, women understand that they have to do whatever it takes. Through this work, one can see that the mockery that the media and society for that matter has created and made fun of for years is apart of life for some.
In this work we meet a woman possibly the same woman from the first poem who understands something that many politicians have yet to figure out; people can sniff out a liar. Making the decision to choose someone to govern a country is a difficult decision and she knows that there is something odd about all of the names on the ballot box.
Our world is filled with so much corruption that it is hard to figure out which ways to turn. Her current status in society is keeping her from being a member of a society that is asking for her opinion. She gives her opinion and she does it gracefully.
Since she is someone whose place in the world is keeping her down, she can easily give her unbiased judgment of these stinky and slimy politicians.
Through her own institution, she knows that there is something awkward about the current political situation, but she also understands that her hands, in all honesty, are tied.
Much like the first work, we see this woman regaining her power. She understands that she is powerless in the political world but that she is powerful in her kitchen. In any way that you look at it, women rank lower than men.
However, when you add skin color to the equation things only get worse. It is also important to mention that, the fact that this woman knows the game may be due to her age and evident historical connections.
In the first work by Grace Nichols we find a woman that knows her history and how important it is to her and her survival. As one moves into the second work these connections continue to ring true even when it involves politicians. To continue, I think it is important to take notice of this notion of what goes on between the lines that we read.
The Black woman cannot be the lover of a White man in public, but what happens when the love happens past of the eyesight of others? It seems to me that Nichols is leading her reader into a world that is forcing them to think.
As a reader I was left thinking about the implications that this woman and her ideals can have a political system. In any way that you look at it, this woman knows something that the rest of the world has yet to understand.gender in the poetry of Grace Nichols, a contemporary Caribbean-British writer.
The title of Grace Nichols’s poetry collection The Fat Black Woman ’ s Poems evokes, in itself, three social stereotypes: being fat, being black, and being a woman.
Grace Nichols allocates her experiences of how people feel when separated from the environment and place they lived in for such a long period of time. On the contrary Imtiaz Dharker uses the poem “Blessing” to convey the importance of water for less fortunate people.
Samuel Johnson: "His Essay on Poetry is the great work, for which he was praised by Roscommon, Dryden, and Pope, and doubtless by many more whose eulogies have perished. Upon this piece he appears to have set a high value; for he was all his life improving it by successive revisals, so that there is scarcely any poem to be found of which the.
Nichols uses your body as a site of rebellion; in her poem Tropical Loss of life she said "The fat black woman want/ a brilliant tropical death/ not really a cold sojourn"; the copy writer rebels and asks to expire in her warm country not in "cold considerably/forlorn" place.
Grace Nichols In the poem by Grace Nichols ‘Of course when they ask for poems about the ‘Realities’ of black women’, this poem contains certain splits which reflect upon her experience as an immigrant moving from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom and how she collaborates her two worlds together, by using both Creole, the language from her homeland and Standard English.
Grace Nichols did this through the medium of poetry. Using metaphors she made us think about what she has experienced. There are cultural metaphors in both .