DONTERRIUS WALKER'S POET
DONTERRIUS WALKER'S POET
A Sunset of the City
Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love.
My daughters and sons have put me away with marbles and dolls,
Are gone from the house.
My husband and lovers are pleasant or somewhat polite
And night is night.
It is a real chill out,
The genuine thing.
I am not deceived, I do not think it is still summer
Because sun stays and birds continue to sing.
It is summer-gone that I see, it is summer-gone.
The sweet flowers indrying and dying down,
The grasses forgetting their blaze and consenting to brown.
It is a real chill out. The fall crisp comes
I am aware there is winter to heed.
There is no warm house
That is fitted with my need.
I am cold in this cold house this house
Whose washed echoes are tremulous down lost halls.
I am a woman, and dusty, standing among new affairs.
I am a woman who hurries through her prayers.
Tin intimations of a quiet core to be my
Desert and my dear relief
Come: there shall be such islanding from grief,
And small communion with the master shore.
Twang they. And I incline this ear to tin,
Consult a dual dilemma. Whether to dry
In humming pallor or to leap and die.
Somebody muffed it?? Somebody wanted to joke.
After reading, A Sunset of The City, it has opened my eyes to a lot , specifically the message of the poem. However, in order for her to accomplish that task she had to establish a sophisticated for of language. To start off, I realized that there were a couple of figurative languages devices, such as personification and hyperbole, just by skimming the poem. However, in order to fully understand the poem, skimming would not work alone; The investigation of is required to understand the poem.
In Lines 1-2, she uses hyperbole and within the hyperbole she was able to cultivate the idea that her family, even her kids, did not care about her, without actually stating it. Also, within Line 3, she uses the word "or" and this implements the idea that in her poem, pleasant and polite are not synonyms, even though they can be interrelated. This is a prime example of ambiguity being present. She doesn't use the most common definition of pleasant, she uses the next meaning for it, and instead of comparing it to its synonym, she uses it in order to contrast. The first line of the next stanza states that "it was a real chill out", but normally people would say "it was chilly out", so what was Ms. Brooks intention in doing so? Let's define the noun (important word) of the line, "chill". The noun definition of chill is a depressing influence; therefore, she felt like she is in a depressing atmosphere. With this piece of evidence you can see that there is a lonely/depressing tone within the poem. If we continue we can see this tone to be even more evident.
Within the stanza where she says, "I do not think it is still summer", she makes it known that life is not what it seems. She even states a contradicting thing in the next line saying, "Because sun stays and birds continue to sing", the two signs of summer. However, the real meaning of that is that the "sun" and the "birds" are not free to move on, but instead they have to portray themselves to be happy. She even let us know that the "grasses" couldn't bare it and forget their "blaze", so they are consenting to brown. Along with this line she used personification in order to enhance the support. This support led her to the conclusion that it is summer-gone, instead of summer because of its dullness/lack of vividness.
She does not just stop there, she continues on with this vivid language. For instance, the word "cold" is not referred to the weather in this instance, but instead it is referred as being depressing or dispiriting, the tone and mood of the passage. To support this she writes, "There is no warm house, That is fitted with my need" and this shows a sign of submitting to the society's ways. Since the world is cold, she might as well be cold too, see the ambiguity. In addition to that, she display vivid description Ms. Brooks wanted the audience to know that within this world people would not be able to be understood clearly. In similarity, the speaker knows that this is not right and wants to get to bed because it would not be as cold in her mind. To end this poem, she set up a scenario where she and an unknown person will converse and the last stanza is set up to be the after math of the conversation. This last stanza portrays a more serious/degrading tone, unlike the other stanza, which led to the mood/tone of this stanza. This shows that she was serious about what she was saying in lines 23-24, but the person that she was talking to thought that it was a joke.
This allows us to think about how bad the world is around us and the effect of the "bad world". She wants us to not submit to the effect, but be yourself.