Hi my name is Chazz Hines, and I am a graduate from Olentangy Liberty High School. I plan on majoring in either Biology, Biochemistry, or maybe even Psychology. I hope to one day become an Anesthesiologist or a General Surgeon. The fun fact that I wrote down on the first day of class was that I enjoy making YouTube videos and Vines. I love surprising people with my sense of humor and spontaneous personality at times because most people think I'm super quiet. I also very much adore the color blue, singing, netflix, pizza, blogging, staying up late, tumblr, writing, being weird, and chipotle! But that's enough about me.
The Author that I chose to learn more about in detail was Frances Harper. She was an African-American abolitionist, poet and author. One thing that caught my interest of Harper was that she began her career at a very early age, and published her first book of poetry at the age of 20. She was an incredibly strong supporter of abolition, and woman's suffrage. She often read poetry at public meetings, and she even gave a speech before the National Women's Rights Convention, demanding equal rights for all, including black women -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Harper
My reaction to the poem Bury Me in a Free Land was that it was very well written. The poem was pretty deep, and you could clearly feel what the author was feeling. This turned out to be my favorite poem because I could actually picture the scenario in my head as I read the words of the poem. This is the language that spoke to me. I could actually feel the emotions from the poem and understand what the writer was trying to say, or the point that they were trying to get across.I noticed how the writer was sharing the poem like she was buried underneath the ground, and how it would be if she could hear the different things that was going on outside of the tomb. She was wallowing in the altercations that were caused by slavery. She wished that she could be somewhere free, somewhere that slavery didn't exist.
A word that I felt drawn to inside of the poem Bury Me in a Free Land, was the word "trembling". This word appeared throughout the poem, and it left me wondering why it was used so much. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, trembling can be described as an involuntary shake, typically as a result of fear, anxiety, excitement, or frailty. It can also be described as a state of extreme apprehension, a feeling, a movement, or a sound. The word trembling was first introduced in the 11th century from Medieval Latin, and is derived from the Latin word tremulus. The author of this poem may have wanted us as the readers to understand the story, and pick up on the fear that the people outside of the grave were experiencing. Maybe this was another way to pick up on the emotion of the poem.
Sentence: The leaves were trembling beneath my feet as the fall air swept past peacefully.