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Since the dawn of time human beings have been in a constant struggle to survive Whether you are a man or women black or white rich or poor the hardships of life have seemed to bind us together in a very cruel world Many poets write about poverty envy and the outcome of war which are just a few of the many battles people fight everyday Poems such as Women Work Richard Corey and The Sad Childrens Story define the different meanings of life Women Work a poem by Maya Angelou is the story of the monotony of a poor womens day to day existence It never changes housework feed and dress the kids shop cook and work the fields The only solace the only redemption is when she will become one with nature She has no material goods to show for her hard work but she has peace in the fact that the world around her is all that is hers She says Shine on me sunshine rain on me rain fall softly dewdrops and cool my brow again The rain and the dewdrops symbolize tears falling on her in her final resting-place She then says Storm blow me from here with your fiercest wind Let me float across the sky till I can rest again The storm represents death and the taking away of her soul to her heavenly inheritance Fall gentle snowflake cover me with white cold icy kisses and let me rest tonight is the image of snow falling on her grave The last stanza is Sun rain curving sky mountain oceans leaf and stone star shine moon glow youre all that I can call my own This last section sums up her beliefs that she finds comfort and eternal peace in nature To her death is nature Edwin Arlington Robinson wrote the poem Richard Cory which is a fine example of envy What you see is not always what
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