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Recovery of the American-African MaleFemale RelationshipMaya Angelous extraordinary ability to express so clearly the historic and contemporary pain love and culture of American-Africans is unparalleled in poetic literature Her brilliant use of imagery is one of the many facets of her writing that has propelled her to be recognized as one of the greatest poets of our time The poem she read at the Million Man March called The Night Has Been Long is a wonderful example of this unparalleled use of imagery It leads the reader to believe that Angelou has actually experienced and genuinely feels what she is writing about though in many cases her art goes beyond personal experience Maya Angelou can evoke any feeling she desires the reader to possess with a few remarkable strokes of a pen In this particular poem Angelou eloquently details the problemsituation of black men and women in America and then brings forth solutions for the elimination of the problemcorrection of the situation The very first stanza presents the reader with a fitting reference to the experience of blackAmerican-African people The night has been longThe wound has been deepThe pit has been darkAnd the walls have been steep Stanza 1 Angelou Specifically this stanza describes the American-African experience as an excruciatingly long painful frightening and difficult experience in general thus far Many authors have more than adequately depicted this same idea but not quite like Maya Angelou Her autobiography is an excellent example of her gift for shocking realism and a type of imagery that makes it easy to understand the time and culture in which she grew upIn the second stanza Angelou provides the reader with a scene that focuses on the actual themeissue of the entire work This scene speaks volumes about one of perhaps the most important issues in black culture today the decayed relationship between the black woman and the black man Angelous image is a first person depiction of
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