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Poem Comparison Essay Hove you ever wondered how it would feel to have the courage of your ancestors In the two poems Lineage and Courage the authors Margret Walker and Edna St Vincent Millay uses descriptive words to describe their ancestors abilities There are several similarities and differences contained in these two poems To begin both of the speakers desire to acquire something that they do not have but exists in their family The speaker in Lineage values the fact that her grandmothers were strong l 1 11 Clearly this strength is something that speaker remembers about her grandmothers she ends her poem with the question why am I not as they p12 but it is not strength that the speaker of the other poems wants Though their ancestors had strength and courage the two speakers indeed lacked the ability Secondly these two poems are differentiated from one another because they include female speakers that bring compassion into the poem The speaker in Lineage repeats My grandmothers were strong l 1 6 to show how strong they once were and how she today lacked strength When their ancestors existed women were not given any rights or privileges depriving them of freedom The speaker says They moved through the fields sowing seed l 3 representing they had no privileges but they still worked hard and strong standing up for what they stood for Although women had no rights they had still stood tall and worked their way up to freedom Finally both speakers ancestors had left something behind whether it is an item or a memory it encouraged them to use what they have and forget about what they want In the poem Lineage the speaker says They were full of sturdiness and singing l 5 meaning that they left behind a sense of pride and strength that would be acknowledged in the future Another important aspect of their ancestors life is
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