In the poem facing it by yursef komunyakaa talks a lot about people facing war and guilt and sorrow the experience and flashback that brought this poem to good imageryin the article in one of the lines where she talks no she is bruising a boys hair explains a lot about this great poem. 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 in these lines the word black has been repeated twice, in reference both to his own skin color and the color of the memorial. 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 this poem was very well written, and i respect all that was said in the context of the poem.
The poem blackberries by yusef komunyakaa, published in 1992, had many meanings, but the main point was the author's feelings of guilt the plot of the poem is the author. Yusef komunyakaa writes movingly about his vietnam war experience in his poem facing it the it in komunyakaa's poem refers both to the war and the black granite of the vietnam. For classroom resources related to this poem, please visit the teachers' domain web site to read this and other poems by yusef komunyakaa, as well as biographical information about the poet. Yusef komunyakaa (born april 29, 1941) is an american poet who teaches at new york university and is a member of the fellowship of southern writers komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 kingsley tufts poetry award , for neon vernacular  and the 1994 pulitzer prize for poetry.
Yusef komunyakaa: an argument against simplicity - yusef komunyakaa knows the texture of sound and the multitude of instruments contained in a single voice he first heard jazz on his wooden radio in 1950s louisiana: louis armstrong's trumpet, a dinah washington ballad. Poem: facing it by poet yusef komunyakaa 0 posted by jae jones - february 21, 2018 - black history , black men , latest posts yusef komunyakaa is an american poet who teaches at new york university and is a member of the fellowship of southern writers. Yusef komunyakaa and facing it facing it is a poem that deals with the personal angst of the speaker, a vietnam veteran, who is visiting the vietnam war memorial in washington dc the black wall of the memorial evokes all kinds of war-torn images from the violent past which are full of agony and pain. Facing it has been widely anthologized in textbooks, in part because it deals so powerfully with the vietnam war the poem provides few answers to the complex questions the war has raised in. 1 the poem describes a visit to the vietnam war memorial, but what is the it that komunyakaa asks himself and us to face when he writes at the poem's beginning, black face fades,/hiding inside the black granite, what is he hiding from 2.
Yusef komunyakaa (born april 29, 1947) is an african-american poet and academic he teaches at new york university, and is a member of the fellowship of southern writers komunyakaa was born james william brown, the eldest of 6 children of james william brown, a carpenter. Yusef komunyakaa (born april 29, 1941) is an american poet who teaches at new york university and is a member of the fellowship of southern writers komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 kingsley tufts poetry award, for neon vernacular and the 1994 pulitzer prize for poetry. Yusef komunyakaa's neon vernacular presents about twenty years worth of poetry: poetry that shudders with desire, past and present, frustrated and fulfilled remembrance is the motive force behind. Facing it by yusef komunyakaa my black face fades hiding inside the black granite i said i wouldnt dammit no tears im stone im flesh my clouded reflection eyes me like a bird.
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 the beginning of the civil rights movement. Yusef komunyakaa (born april 29, 1941) is an american poet who teaches at new york university and is a member of the fellowship of southern writerskomunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 kingsley tufts poetry award, for neon vernacular and the 1994 pulitzer prize for poetry. A summary and analysis of yusef komunyakaa's 'facing it' 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.
This feature is not available right now please try again later. 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 washington, dc.
An analysis of facing it yusef komanuyakaa's poem facing it is a brutal examination of the affects that war leaves upon men the reader can assume that komanuyakaa drew upon his own experiences in vietnam, thereby making the poem a personal statement. 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 influenced by the jazz music he loves as well as by people's everyday speech, his poetry has won a number of awards, including the pulitzer prize in 1994. This is a 10 question quiz on yusef komunyakaa's.