English 341: It’s Like This

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Free Yourself with Verse

Free Yourself with Verse

I choseĀ Brown Girl Dreaming for my free verse book. This was the only genre I wasn’t exactly looking forward to, but this book is so beautifully written by Jacqueline Woodson that I quickly regretted that thought. I got really excited because I recognized the poem “a girl named jack” early in the book that Professor Kittle had showed us in his class that I really liked. And that liking for her poems continues and grows with each page of her book! Sometimes the form can get a little distracting, but I find that it makes me linger on the word a little longer and the next line packs a heavier punch because of it. It also allows me to create more of an image of whatever Woodson’s describing. This book can be used in a classroom when learning about the history of how African Americans fought for their equal rights and the gradual change that came about throughout the North and South because of it.

so much depends

upon

the position of the glowing

sun

over the colors of bloomed

flowers

held by a lady with a white

dress

One Reply to “Free Yourself with Verse”

  1. Hi Rachel! I chose the same book and love it as well! I love the way she describes everything. I also like your poem!

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