Sun Rises

The Sun Rises
The Sun Rises

Mankind, through its hardships and struggles, has created many outlets to tell of its trials and tribulations.   People have a need to relate their stories to other people.   Music, art, prose, cinema, and poetry are among some of the most common types of storytelling.   Poetry is one of the oldest and strongest forms of telling a story.   It has often been used to chronicle the hardships of a group of people who were held back from many personal freedoms our society takes for granted.   Gwendolyn Brooks’ people have had one of the hardest struggles placed upon any of the races that make up America.   Brooks touches upon the hardships of her people and their ancestors in many of her poems.   In “To the Diaspora,” Brooks uses the metaphors of the continent of Afrika, a road (or a journey), the sun, and a few others to tell of the struggle of African-Americans in the United States.
The first metaphor the narrator speaks of is of the continent of Afrika.   The word Afrika is used to mean a group of people and not the literal meaning of a continent of land.   More specifically, these people are African-Americans.   The “Black continent” she speaks of is a unification of her people (5).   The narrator is telling her ancestors that they need to unite to make any progress.   In the passage: “You did not know the Black continent to be reached was you,” she is telling her people, past and present, that the way to achieve their goals is within them (5-7).   The narrator uses the word Afrika instead of

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Africa to distinguish between the continent and the meaning she has placed upon the word.   Through this metaphor the word Afrika comes to mean a continent of people, and their goals to achieve equality, instead of a continent of land.
The next metaphor the narrator speaks of is one of a journey or way over a road.   Gwendolyn speaks about her people setting out for Afrika.   In the...