Angelou's poetry used Standard English with African American English to place the reader inside her compelling mindset. My picture of Mother and Momma embracing on the train platform has been darkly retained through the coating of the then embarrassment and the now maturity. When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of glass; When the first bird sings and the first bud opes, And the faint perfume from its chalice steals— I know what the caged bird feels! Miss Glory, who was a descen- dant of slaves that had worked for the Cullinans, told me her history. Naturally he got to thinking. It was during this time that Angelou had the opportunity to hear Dr. The dis- lodged gentleman bounced around for a long breath or two before the Baptist minister gave him his chair, then with more dignity than the situation deserved, the minister walked off the stage. I knew that there were a number of whitefolks in town that owed her favors.
He opened the door and looked at Momma. With the haughtiness San Franciscans have for people who live in the warmer climate, she explained that all I needed were lots of shorts, pedal pushers, sandals and blouses because southern Californians hardly ever wear any- thing else. My name used to be Hallelujah. When it awoke, the fearful thing had gone away. After tests were returned and grades given, the student body, which acted like an extended family, knew who did well, who excelled, and what piteous ones had failed. Her face, which was long and dark chocolate brown, had a thin sheet of sadness over it, as light but as permanent as the viewing gauze on a coffin.
Viola Cullinan was a plump woman who lived in a three-bedroom house somewhere behind the post office. But serious business is serious, and it had to be attended to. Rusty hoops on the swaying poles represented the permanent recreational equipment, although bats and balls could be borrowed from the P. The girl closed the door firmly. I kept his instructions in mind, so on the next day when Miss Glory was hanging out clothes and I had again been told to serve the old biddies on the porch, I dropped the empty serving tray. All he had to do was keep the food coming in and she kept the affection flowing.
However, his face was the most striking feature of all. Rochester, but for the glittering eyes of wizened old Mr. Angelou's style has many similarities in her poetry and her prose. It was hard to imagine bones at all under those layers of fat. It was our people falling. We had our own parents at last. Angelou also employed call and response, a style that creates either a verbal or silent interaction between the speaker and listener, which makes room for calls or yells from the listener.
Come, but be very quiet. From that moment on we knew we had the big fish on the line and all we had to do was to pull him in. This glass went here and only here. Miss Glory and I were washing up the lunch dishes when Mrs. She ignored my coming late and leaving early. The boys continued hitting the tennis ball with pailings snatched from a fence and running holes in the ground, colliding with everyone.
The dentist had no choice but to stand at R. The words ''I rise'' are also repeated, similar to the repetition heard in a chorus of a gospel song. Her arms were folded and she checked on everything he did. After all, next term was coming, and it never hurt a sixth grader to have a play sister in the eighth grade, or a tenth-year student to be able to call a twelfth grader Bubba. It was a college for adults, and many years later I found that it was on the House Un-American Activities list of subversive organizations.
Flowers gave to the people around her, a sense of appreciation. She made a few slow jokes about my feet getting cold, and tugged me along to the now-strange building. His glance moved so swiftly from me it was nearly possible to imagine that I had in fact imagined the interchange. Everyone was uneasy at being beckoned into the unknown. Mother was all cooperation in helping me to shop for summer clothes. The family had to hide Uncle Willie from Ku Klux Klan violence. In the poem ''Ain't that Bad,'' she used the technique of adding an apostrophe at the end of words to change an ''ing'' sound to an ''in'' sound.
San Franciscans would have sworn on the Golden Gate Bridge that racism was missing from the heart of their air- conditioned city. Just Black and I went to Tulsa to check him out. The trip was uneventful, except that she put her arm around me, which was very unusual for Momma to do. But to be able to operate at a top level with both adults and children was admirable. It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life.
A mud baby, molded into form by creative children on a rainy day, soon to run back into the loose earth. All right, what evil dirty things did he have in mind? Every- thing went smoothly and to my credit. If Joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help. I knew that all too soon we would be out of my familiar setting, and Blacks who were on the streetcar when I got on would all be gone and I alone would face the forty blocks of neat streets, smooth lawns, white houses and rich children. How can they hate us? Go on and take off your dress. This gave people more of and encintive to gain their rights and start being treated equally.