Rhetorical Analysis – Lucas

In the short poem Vantage, we are told of the difficult life of a child who has a black mother and a white father during a time of racial tension. When the moon landing happens, he doesn’t focus on it, but instead focuses on the fact that no one is treating him the same way they did before; everyone now seems more united than they did before. In the other poem Declaration, the author uses lines in the declaration of independence in a way where the reader can self insert their own problems or problems they feel are important by leaving the subject of the sentence ambiguous. The message that both these poems share is that people who join together can have the strength to face any problem that comes their way. This can be seen in Vantage by how the speaker notices that people are no longer focused on the racial issues of the time, but are instead focused on coming together to give their support for the moon landing’s success. This can also be seen in Declaration with how the poem and original text both call for action against an issue by trying to convince people that unity will ensure their victory against the issue at hand.

3 thoughts on “Rhetorical Analysis – Lucas

  1. I really love your comparing and contrasting of both poems! From your analysis, I have just realized we have poets who are talking about how they feel they are being neglected while something else is being prioritized over them. Nice job!

  2. You viewed the poems differently than I even comparing the differences and similarities between the two which made it very interesting. Both the poems are about completely different thing but they share the same ideas that we can relate which is that joining forces can make you stronger and go past any difficulty. But in the two poem that is shows and represented in different ways for the reader to understand.

  3. I think you highlight a common theme to both these poems and an important lesson that we all should keep in mind moving forward. We seem to be able to come together when things are going well, but what about when times get rough.

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