"On The Pulse Of Morning" By Maya Angelou: Review.

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"On the Pulse of Morning," is a poem written by Maya Angelou. In this poem, Angelou describe characterization. Personification is a part of literature in which an object or a living thing is given human individuality. Angelou uses personification to give the pitch, the river, and the tree the aptitude to converse to the reader. In "On the Pulse of Morning", Angelou writes "But nowadays, the rock cries out to us, evidently, vigorously, Come, you may stand upon my back and face your far-away fortune, but seek no shelter in my shadow." (Lisandrelli, 1996)

In this, personification is given to the rock, implying that it be capable of "cry out". It gives the figment of your imagination that the rock is conversation to the person and informing them that it is there for the individual to use as "ground" to place on, but not as a guard.

The rock says that he is here to help struggle, but not to conceal the person from their fate. Angelou also writes "Yet, today I call you to my riverside, if you will learn fighting no more. Come, wearing clothes in peace and I will chant the songs." (Courtney-Clarke, 2000) With this she exemplifies the river.

The river is saying that it will sing a song, nonviolent song, to help the person forget about conflict, prejudice, etc. It is saying that it wants to be there to keep them calm and help them through all the hard times that they will be faced with, and that if they just listen to it, they will be guided to peace. "They hear. They all hear the speaking of the tree. Today, the first and last of every tree speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the river. Plant yourself beside...