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In Leonard Adames poem Black and White he describes how the ruling minority of the whites treated blacks The main idea of the poem is to tell the reader of that time how the blacks were being treated He uses great diction to describe the treatment For instance he says they lay like catch in the plaza sun which helps the reader understand that the men were on the ground like fish in the sun He also uses imagery in which many words described in the poem refer to black and white The diction Adame uses tries to describe the relationship between black and white For example he states photographers stare and snap at the dead men at the keyboard of rifles above their heads These two lines describe the white photographers starring at the dead black men and taking pictures of them for the newspaper The newspaper that the white photographers are taking pictures for is symbolic because it is made up of the colors black and white He also uses a metaphor in describing the rifles taken from the dead men He says Keyboard of rifles which describes the rifles all lined up like the keys on a keyboard The diction he uses in this poem really lets you understand the differences between black and white in the African town of Rhodesia The author uses great detail to describe his poem For example he writes Rhodesia sweaty flank of the world which lets the reader understand that Rhodesia is a hot place He also writes I read as quietly as they lay This means that he is reading as quietly as the dead Africans lay meaning very very quietly The detail the author uses helps the reader tremendously understand the poem and the setting it is in The structure of the poem is very easy to follow The first stanza talks about the author reading and then says that the
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