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By Means of Power Both Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde in their respective poems entitled Power convey the idea that ones identity and sense of worth is defined by what they are willing to give up This message is energized by the emotion the authors evoke through their ability to communicate a sense of experience It is this experience as mothers and highly intelligent feminists that allow us to feel the unconditional caring towards humanity they are encouraging in their poems In the opening lines of Lordes Power The difference between poetry and rhetoricis beingready to killyourselfinstead of your children1-5 she immediately stresses the importance of putting your child before yourself This is a metaphor for putting the needs of what is truly important before the needs of oneself It is not only stated simply and bluntly but the way the lines are broken up accent the idea Ready to kill3 is on its own line while yourself4 is on the next This is the theme that is running throughout the entire poem In the next section of Lordes poem she describes a dreamlike situation This is where her son has been shot probably in the face Although blood from his punctured cheeks and shouldersis the only liquid for miles9-10 my mouth splits into dry lips12 With the death of her boy she is willing to sacrifice her own need of any quenching of her lips She is thirsting for the wetness of his blood14 but it is more important to resist the temptation trying to make power out of hatred and destruction18 The power displayed in the third section of Lordes Power is that of hatred A policeman has shot down a 10-year-old in Queens21 This he justifies by saying I didnt notice the size or nothing elseonly the color26-27 This officer has taken the power entrusted into him by the
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