Komunyakaa's "Sunday Afternoons"
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This paper discusses how Komunyakaa has managed to produce a powerful impact in "Sunday Afternoons" because he is succinctly describing in a few images how lasting psychological scars are developed. The paper shows how with not a superfluous word and the same rhythmic pattern throughout the poem, the idea of crippling determinism is dramatically contrasted with the natural curiosity of the child. The paper explains that this contrast reveals the child's innate perception of the world versus the perception that is imposed by adults.
From the Paper:""Sunday Afternoons" was chosen because of the striking images and musical quality of the poem. This particular poem produces a powerful impact because it evokes universal aspects of childhood and presents a perfect representation of the child's emotions. The poet illustrates how children oscillate between joy and fear. The themes of Komunyakaa's poems generally are concerned with his childhood in a poor, rural, and primarily black area of the South. His themes include "race and social class, and difficult themes, such as isolation and vulnerability. Their rhythms and melodic effects are influenced by jazz and the blues" (Ferguson, Salter & Stallworthy 1150). The influence of music is apparent in the cadence and rhythms of this poem. "Sunday Afternoons" provides an exquisite image of the meaning of childhood, both in terms of childish enthrallment with the world and the child as a completely powerless victim of socioeconomic circumstances."
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