Natasha Trethewey's Incident is a version of a narrative that appears to have been passed down through her family through the years. The plot revolves around an incident involving the Ku Klux Klan, or "white guys in gowns" (line 13), and the burning of a crucifix in someone's yard. Although this may seem like a simple story to some, it's actually a very common theme in literature that has many different names for these types of poems: legend, fable, anecdote.
There are several elements that make up a narrative poem. First, there is a beginning, middle, and end. Narrative poems usually start with a situation that needs to be explained or a question that needs to be answered. This could be something that happens regularly in the narrator's life or in the lives of others. For example, one line might start with "When King Arthur was a boy..." and then go on to tell about how he became king. A second element is character. Even though this is a narrative poem, most of the characters are real people who live somewhere in time. They may even be alive today! A third element is conflict. There must be tension between what wants to happen and what does happen. This creates interest for readers to find out what will happen next. A fourth element is poetry. Poetry can be used to describe any language pattern that makes sense when read aloud, but it is usually made up of lines of verse (i.e., blocks of stressed and unstressed syllables).
Racism is the fundamental subject of "Incident." Initially, the speaker of the poem is joyfully enjoying the city of Baltimore. When another youngster sticks out his tongue and calls him a racial term or slur, it is quite damaging. The speaker responds by beating him up. He then realizes that this was a bad idea and goes to apologize, but the other boy has already moved on.
The theme of the poem is racism. It shows that even in modern-day America many people suffer from this horrible disease. It also shows that this disease can never be cured because nobody is exactly the same as anybody else. One person may get offended by something another person says or does and thus start a fight just for no reason. This proves that hatred can boil over at any moment and destroy anything it touches.
In conclusion, this short poem tells us that racism is a terrible thing that should never be tolerated anywhere in the world. It also shows that even though we know this hatred cannot be cured sometimes people will still keep using these words because they do not realize what they are saying hurts others.
The poem remembers a childhood "event" in which another youngster uses a racist epithet against the speaker in public, altering his life forever. The lighthearted opening of the poem contrasts with the unexpected, horrible truth of this event, which disrupts the speaker's generally cheerful recall of this period in his life. Although he tries to forget the incident, it continues to haunt him.
This is one of many poems by William Wordsworth that focus on personal experiences. Like other poets of his time, such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats, Wordsworth tried to find ways to express his feelings about things that had happened to him or that he saw around him. He used words and images to do this.
In this case, the incident that haunts the speaker is how someone else's use of a racial slur has affected his life. Even though he wants to forget it, this something terrible has left its mark on him.
As you can see, this meaning of the poem 'Incident' is quite broad. It could be describing any terrible event that leaves its mark on someone's life. But because this poem is about racism, most people think of this meaning when they read it.
In this epitaph, the local poetess, Minerva Jones, paints herself as a victim of the town's hooting mobs, as well as a victim abandoned and pregnant by another Spoon River figure, "'Butch' Weldy," and ultimately as a victim of a surgical operation conducted by another Spoon River...
Minerva Jones was born in Spencer County, Indiana on January 7, 1837. Her parents were Benjamin Jones and Elizabeth Spooner. She had two siblings: a brother named James who would later follow his sister to death under mysterious circumstances and a sister named Nancy who lived until she was four years old. When Minerva was only nine years old, her father died and her mother soon after married 'Weldy' Weldy a widower with three children of his own. The Weldom family moved to Illinois where they settled near New Salem, which at that time was a small village near the present-day city of Peoria.
Minerva and her stepfather went to school together in New Salem where she met her future husband William Henry Harrison Jones. They fell in love and when he proposed to her, she said yes. However, just six days before their wedding, William was killed in a railroad accident. He was only thirty years old. After his death, Minerva decided to go to Paris, France so she could study music. There she gave birth to a son whom she named Benjamin Franklin after his father.