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I chose to research on Frances E. W. Harper. Harper was a poet and activist. I found it very interesting that she was an activist for the abolitionist movement. It seems as though she lived a fairly free life since her parents were both freed slaves. I found it interesting how involved she was with the abolitionist movement along with confounding the National Association of Colored Women. I think this is great and interesting because she took on what most freed slaves would not have been able to do, she created an association and was an activist; this seemed like a brave notion for this time period. Here is the link to my source. http://www.biography.com/people/frances-ew-harper-40710#synopsis
The poem I chose was by Frances E. W. Harper and was called Songs for the People. This poem I think speaks to more than just the time period it was written in, but to ours as well. She shares that music is what blocks out the problems and sorrows of the world. I think we all use music to escape and that is what I loved about this poem. I noticed in the poem how strong her tone was, it was like she was reading the poem to me. The language was still above my level of comprehensive but I was still able to make out what she was trying to say. She had a way of making sure that even if you did not know all the words, that you would still be able to understand what she was trying to get across. I currently do not have any questions about this poem.
In Frances E. W. Harper's poem, Songs for the People, I chose the word Strife as my favorite word. I found that it was rather interesting that this words usage was dated back to 1225 and even used in the bible. Although, up until about 1692 I could not really make out the sentences that were being used as examples, as this was a different time period and different languages. The etymology of this word is Old French and comes from the word estrif. My sample sentence that I have created is: My coworkers and I seemed to be having a strife about something our manager said.