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  1. Songs By Gwendolyn Bennett

  2. Her life • Born in Giddings, Texas July 8, 1902 • Spent her early childhood in Wadsworth, Nevada on the Paiute Indian Reservation • Kidnapped by father and hid in the East • Was awarded a scholarship to Sorbonne, Paris December,1924

  3. Song I am weaving a song of waters,Shaken from firm, brown limbs,Or heads thrown back in irreverent mirth.My song has the ush sweetnessOf moist, dark lipsWhere hymns keep companyWith old forgotten banjo songs.Abandon tells youThat I sing the heart of raceWhile sadness whispersThat I am the cry of a soul. . . . A-shoutin' in de ole camp-meeting-place,A-strummin' o' de ole banjo.Singin' in de moonlight,Sobbin' in de dark.Singin', sobbin', strummin' slow . . .Singin' slow, sobbin' low.Strummin', strummin', strummin' slow . . .Words are bright buglesThat make the shining for my song,And mothers hold down babiesTo dark, warm breastsTo make my singing sad. A dancing girl with swaying hipsSets mad the queen in the harlot's eye.        Praying slave        Jazz-band after        Breaking heart        To the time of laughter . . .Clinking chains and minstrelsyAre wedged fast with melody.        A praying slave        With a jazz-band after . . .         Singin' slow, sobbin' low.Sun-baked lips will kiss the earth.Throats of bronze will burst with mirth.        Sing a little faster,        Sing a little faster,        Sing!

  4. Paraphrase I am making a song of forgotten things about a people that is sweetly reminds you of the bittersweet moments and things may be bad now, but sing with me and things will get better.

  5. Poetic Devices Metaphor • While sadness whispers • Words are bright bugles Alliteration • Singin', sobbin', strummin' slow . . Repetition • Sing a little faster,        Sing a little faster, Imagery • Sun-baked lips will kiss the earth. • Throats of bronze will burst with mirth The Rhyme scheme is in prose so there is no meter.

  6. Sources • http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/bennett/poems.htm • http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap9/bennett.html