for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What do the two songs at the end of Poem One represent?

The two songs at the end of this poem represent the possibilities for discovering joy, power, freedom and personal truth in the face of oppression and repression. This can be on a large scale, like the repression imposed by slavery or poverty, or it can be on a smaller scale, like the oppression imposed by a violent relationship.

2. Describe the language used in Poem One.

The language used by the lady in brown is more poetic than the language at other points in the play, but there are hints of the raw imagery to come.

3. How does the playwright bring universality to the script in Poem One?

As the individual women tell where they are, they bring universality to the script. The playwright is telling us that women like these are everywhere. Their stories and lives are everywhere and must be heard everywhere.

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