The Wonderful Alice Walker

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The Life and Times of Alice Walker Walker was born on February 9, 1944 at her home in Ward Chapel, Georgia to Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Lou Tallulah Grant Walker. She was the 8th and last child of the household.
Alice grew up in a home that was loving and kind with parents that gave her a new perspective of life and artistic asperations.
Alice attended primary and middle school at East Putnam Consolidated, then attending Butler-Baker High School in segregated Eatonton where she grew up to be the class valedictorian.
Some of Ms. Walker's major works include The Color Purple (which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1983), The Third Life of Grange Copeland, and Meridian.


Expect Nothing
Expect nothing.
Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing.
Live frugally
On surprise.

Love Is That Giant Bag

Love
Is that giant
Bag
Of Everything
Into
Which
We
Might
Disappear
Without
A trace
&
Be found
again:
Even
The parent
You
Thought
Was
Lost.

Father,
Gone to spirit
Before
You reached
My
Age,
I am
Your
Dream
Of
Me
&
More
&
I will
Carry
Us,
Plucked
From
Love's
Abyss.

Love is God is Fate is Coyote

Is Trickster, playing tricks
On
Us.


ToldMy teacher
Was told
By
Her teacher
- Who loved
Her:

You cannot
Shoot guns
You cannot
Drop bombs
Your fists
Are forbidden
To you
As are
Mean and
Hurtful
Words
No matter
How
Carefully
Chosen.

You have one
Weapon
&
One weapon
Only:

Use it.

It is
Your
Ability
To
Teach.

Response~Personally I adore this poem! I love Ms. Walker's message that you really shouldn't expect anything, because when you live "expecting nothing" then you are able to see the small details in life that you could have overlooked had you not changed your perspective.
~Some poetic devices used in this poem are personification, and metaphor.
~The rhyme scheme of this poem is ABCDEFGHIIJKLMNOPQRSTABC.
~The theme of the poem is to look at the simpler side of life, because if you accomplish this than you might notice significant details about your surroundings that might have been overlooked had you not stopped to evaluate.
Response
~My favorie part of this poem is the last 2 stanzas. I really enjoyed reading the word play Ms. Walker uses. Unfortunately, this is not one of my favorite poems because I found it difficult to comprehend.
~Some poetic devices used in this poem were personification and metaphors.
~The rhyme scheme is ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ AA AB AC AD AE K AF AG AH AI AJ AK AL AM AO AP AQ AR AS.
~The theme of this poem (as difficult as it was to figure out) is that when you experience love you sort of fall into a 'bag' and you are able to look within yourself to find things you normally couldn't have seen before.
Response~The thing I really like about this poem is the way Ms. Walker formats the poem. Its fairly long, but I noticed as I was reading it I found myself getting wrapped into the mystery of what really is a teacher's greatest weapon.
~A poetic device used in this poem is metaphors. (to be more specific, the entire poem is an extended metaphor.)
~The rhyme scheme of this poem is ABCADEFGFHIJKLMNOPQRSTUMUVWXYZ AA AB.
~The theme of the poem is that whenever you teach, no matter what happens, no matter how many times you know you can make a snappy come-back at a bratty kid, your greatest weapon is the thing that you are-your greatest weapon is to teach. :^)


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Resources/Notes:
http://www.alicewalkersgarden.com/alice_walker_welcom.html

http://www.alicewalkersgarden.com/alice_walker_bio.html

http://www.alicewalkersgarden.com/alicewalkerpoems.html