Yusef komunyakaa facing it michael lythgoe my black face fades, hiding inside the black granite i said i wouldn't, dammit: no tears the favorite poem project. Fourteen years after the vietnam war, veteran and contemporary poet yusef komunyakaa wrote about facing the vietnam veteran's memorial wall and the memories and images the wall evoked in this video segment from poetry everywhere, komunyakaa reads his poem, facing it at the dodge poetry festival. Yusef komunyakaa was born in 1947 in the quiet mill town of bogalusa, louisiana son of a carpenter he was raised in a house of few books at. Hear yusef komunyakaa read and reflect on the history of war, from the roman era to vietnam. Brief explication simultaneously to his face evaporating into the wall, the “pale eyes” (“facing it” 26) of a “white vet” (“facing it” 25) “look through” (“facing it” 27) the speaker as if he is “a window” (“facing it” 27.
Yusef komunyakaa is an american poet who teaches at new york university and is a member of the fellowship of southern writers komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of copacetic, a collection. In the poem facing it, yusef komunyakaa, an african-american, solemnly reflects over his experience serving in the vietnam war. This one i have explicated differently than the previous posts there are no numbers because the devices seemed to interconnect in my mind first, the title is a clear summary of yusef komunyakaa's poem. Yusef komunyakaa’s poems are rooted in his experiences as an african american growing up in rural louisiana and his service in the vietnam war.
Yusef komunyakaa: online poems elegy for thelonious damn the snow its senseless beauty facing it my black face fades, hiding inside the black granite. Facing it by yusef komunyakaa deals with the themes of memory, war and survival this poem, one of komunyakaa's most famous, depicts a veteran's encounter with the vietnam war memorial in. Free research that covers [name][instructor name][course title][date] introduction yusef komunyakaa born on 29 april 1947 in bogalusa, louis iana, a. Thesis statement: topic- yusef komunyakaa “facing it” critical opinion-viewing the vietnam veterans memorial often brings back many real and uneasy memories for a vietnam veteran.
A vietnam veteran, yusef komunyakaa faces his past whilst visiting the vietnam war memorial in washington dc with strong images and figurative language this poem explores reality versus memory. Facing it, by yusef komunyakaa talks about a war which most, if not all americans are familiar with the ever so controversial vietnam conflict, also known as the vietnam war.
Yusef komunyakaa’s poem “facing it” describes a vietnam war veteran’s painful experience of visiting the vietnam veterans memorial in washington, dc from interviews and biographical details, we can assume the speaker of the poem is komunyakaa himself komunyakaa served in vietnam from 1965. Facing it by yusef komunyakaa my black face fades, hiding inside the black granite i said i wouldn't dammit: no tears i'm stone. The polished surface of the wall casts a ghostly illusion to those who stare and gives an impression that yusef komunyakaa’s yusef komunyakaa’s facing.
Analysis of facing it by yusef komunyakaa cruel and terrible events forever leave a mark on our memory especially, when these events are directly related to person, the memory reproduces every second of what happened. Facing it themes james willie brown “facing it” is thus a complex and challenging meditation on the experience of war—and the komunyakaa implies. Facing it by yusef komunyakaa click here for a guide to the hypertext version of this poem audio file: komunyakaa reading the poem audio file: angela salas's commentary on komunyakaa's poetry.
Yusef kommunyakaa's emotional response surrounding the vietnam memorial yusef komunyakaa emphasizes his ethnicity at the very beginning of his poem facing it in the first lines: my black face fades,/hiding inside the black granite. Dive deep into james willie brown's facing it with extended analysis facing it analysis james willie brown as in many of yusef komunyakaa’s poems. Facing it analysis by jamie detailed in his poem “facing it”, yusef komunyakaa recounts his experiences from the war along with the emotions running through. Facing it by yusef komunyakaa listen my black face fades, hiding inside the black granite i said i wouldn't, dammit: no tears i'm stone. Extracts from this document introduction komuyakaa's expression of self in facing it in the poem facing it by yusef komunyakaa, the author uses first person narration, metaphor, simile, images of light and darkness, personification, allusion and word connotation in order to convey to his detached audience the intimate experience of. This post brings to you a summary and analysis of the poem 'facing it' by yusef komunyakaa the poem is inspired from the experiences of the poet during the vietnam war, where he worked as a correspondent and managing editor of a military newspaper.