I chose to do some reaserch on Frederick Douglass. I found a lot of interesting facts about him, but one main thing that really stuck out to me was that he not only was involved in the slavery movement, but also really pushed for womens rights. He felt women should be treated as equals, and should have the right to vote just like men. He said he could not claim the right to vote if women didn't have the right to vote. I found this very interesting, and thought it was cool how he tried to not only help african americans, but women as well.
Here a link where i took my information from! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass
I enjoyed all the poems, but if i had to pick a favorite, I think it would have to be Bury Me in a Free Land. This is the one that stood out the most to me, and the one i felt was the most powerfull. I like poems that really take you in, and poems that make you feel something. The stanzas in this poem flow wondefully and the timing of the words that were used in each line were perfect. Bury Me in a Free Land talked about the horror that slaves went through, but portrayed it in a poetic art form. It went into detail about the pain slaves felt, and used words that painted a very vivid picture. This was by far my favorite poem we read, and I look foward to seeing what other poems we are going to read!
I think my favorite word in the poem, Bury Me in a Free land, would have to be vain. It's a pretty simple word, but has a lot of meaning to it. I've heard this word being said many times, mainly in movies or songs. The Oxford English Dictionary described it as being worthless, or has no real worth or significance. The OED also used the term powerless, which is what i think of when i think of the word vain. Saying the word vain packs a lot of meaning, and comes across a lot stronger then just saying something like powerless or worthless. If I had to use it in a sentence, it would be something like, that girl is so vain, she is mean to everyone and always is in a bad mood.