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Poetry Analysis The year is 1872 slavery has ended with the Civil War seven years ago and the now United States is undergoing the process of Reconstruction Born in 1825 Frances E W Harper is 47 years old and a brilliant female African-American writer whose fingertips are on the heartbeat and pulse of voiceless women and blacks In her frustration and perseverance she sits down and pens Aunt Chloes Politics a timeless attack on the politics of Reconstruction and the poem that is being analyzed in this essay Harpers Aunt Chloes Politics uses colorful colloquial language the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era and the fearless tone of the speaker to depict the political condition of that time and provoke an emotional response from the reader When reading this poem the readers attention is immediately drawn to the language that the author uses to portray the social class of the speaker Lines like Ive seen em honey-fugle round gives the reader the impression that the speaker is not very educated and possibly black Harper uses this type of language throughout the poem with phrases like Though I thinks a heap of voting and this buying up of each other The ABCB rhyme scheme and compact structure of the piece accompanied with this colorful language leaves the reader with an accurate Reconstruction Era aftertaste Among many other aspects the language the author uses for this work becomes a wheel on the vehicle that delivers the message of equality and non-complacence Another wheel that Harper installed on her poetic machine is the accurate recollection of the events that led up to 1872 when this poem was written The Civil War had taken place and
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