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When we are oppressed we want to bring about change so that the oppression is no longer felt by us and is recognised by the oppressors as wrong From the beginning the authors main purpose is apparent The metaphors and emotive language Grace Nichols uses illustrates to us the reality of oppression towards blacks through her experienced eyes These techniques are prevalent in the poems Of Course When They Ask for Poems About the Realities of Black Women and The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping When we are oppressed we feel the need to revolt Grace Nichols did this through the medium of poetry Using metaphors she made us think about what she has experienced There are cultural metaphors in both titles that convey the subject matter to us inconspicuously The word black is usually used to describe the colour of some peoples skin but in this case it may have also been used to demonstrate the feelings that are felt when people are oppressed Oppressed people may feel unnoticed and soulless and therefore black The two titles Of Course When They Ask for Poems About the Realities of Black Women and The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping are metaphors themselves They are cultural metaphors and are repeated in each poem The fat black woman curses in SwahiliYoruba These metaphors show us the purpose of the poems before we even read them and are essential for the full Grace Nichols experience We revolt when faced with oppression regardless of the costs so that we can make the world a more comfortable place for all Grace Nichols poems use emotive language to display how she feels about the oppression of black women Crushing out with each dancing step the twisted self-negating history weve inherited This sentence encompasses mixed emotions as dancing is seen as positive although other words like crushing twisted and self negating have negative connotations This contrasting emotive language makes you feel
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