James Weldon Johnson Writing Styles in God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse

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Point of View

These sermons are written in the first person point of view. Both the singular and plural voices are used. For instance, the plural voice is used in "Listen Lord—A Prayer" because the prayer is prayed on behalf of the congregation. Although there is only one speaker, this one person is speaking on behalf of an entire congregation of people. In the seven other sections, the pastor is speaking to the people about God. Therefore, he uses the first person point of view. The preacher is also speaking on knowledge that he has received through his own experience as well as Biblical knowledge.

These sermons are presented in the form of monologues. With the exception of the introductory prayer, the preacher is the only one speaking in any of these sermons. There is no dialogue. The prayer is a monologue given by an individual person...

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