In my AP English Language and Composition class, we were all assigned to a new exciting project: the poetry project! For that I needed to engage with and research on an American Poet that I thought to be interesting.
So for this project I chose Natasha Trethewey, a poet who writes from her heart about the events that have shaped her life. In order to understand Trethewey’s poems, I needed to understand her first.
To do that all of us in the class each made a metaphor list to represent our poets…
If Natasha Trethewey were an animal she would be a lion. She is strong and brave, and one who carries her pride with her. Due to Trethewey’s experiences in the past, she has shown her strong and bold character through her poetry and wise words.
If Natasha Trethewey were a flower, she would be a rose. Despite her rough childhood, she like is a rose who has bloomed with grace and one who adds colour to life. In her writing, she mainly highlights events that took place in American history and since history is quite dull, she adds her colourful versions of the events in her writing.
If Natasha Trethewey were an article of clothing, she would be a sweater. Since she has gone through so much in her life already, she has turned her experiences both good and bad, into her poems. With those poems, she has won many prizes but she is still very humble. Her personality has a positive, ‘warm’ attitude- just like a sweater does on a cold rainy day.
If Natasha Trethewey were a day of the week, she would be Sunday. She is Sunday because she is calm and composed as shes makes herself ready for the next week. Sunday is a day of rest and reflection, and since most of her poems include memories from the past, she is represented as Sunday because she reflects so much about her life.
If Natasha Trethewey were a fruit she would be a mango. She is a mango because her personality may see tough from the outside, but actually sweet from the inside. Trethewey seems to be a strong person from the outside, however because of the many rough events that have taken place in her life, she is a soft person from the inside.
If Natasha Trethewey were a colour she would be red. The colour red naturally represents passion, anger, or love. These themes are represented frequently throughout her writing. She has a passion and love for her cultural heritage and stands strong to portray them in her poems.
If Natasha Trethewey were a particular time of the day she would be 6:00 A.M. Every morning, waking up and getting ready for the new day is tough. For some it is difficult to face new challenges that the new day presents. However Trethewey has faced many challenges and has even written about them. She is strong and brave, so she is represented by this time of the day.
If Natasha Trethewey were a scent she would be the scent of honey. She is sweet in the sense that she always writes about what she cares for. She is sweet and brave for expressing her feelings with positivity.
If Natasha Trethewey were a weather she would be the sunlight. She is the sunshine in a dark cloud. She has managed to bring out the good from all of her bad experiences. Trethewey is joyful like a ray of sunshine when things in life are not going as planned. She brings out the light and positivity from her poems and writes about them through the dull historical events.
If Natasha Trethewey were an instrument she would be a flute. She is a long slender flute, all composed in one piece. Every component of a flute is essential to the sound that it makes. This is the same as every component of memory that is added in her poems is essential to revealing her identity. Every piece of her poetry is filled with recurring memories and events which have made her life. Each element adds to how she is all together composed in one piece.
If Natasha Trethewey were an electronic device, she would be a computer. Computers are smart and are considered as apart of a technological advancement. Trethewey too, is smart and witty. Trethewey also is known for researching thoroughly about her writing. She includes many historical facts and then translates and brings out the truth in them. Like a computer, she is very smart.
If Natasha Trethewey were a particular season, she would be autumn. Her personality has many bold and quiet aspects. Like the colours in Autumn,Trethewey’s personality has many colours which all add to her writing. The colours from her personalities and autumn are evident in her wiring and they also add ‘colour’ to the decisions that she includes of many subjects (that she writes about).
If Natasha Trethewey were to be a natural phenomena she would be a tornado. Since she has mixed feeling about her family, and concluding from what has happened to her in the past; she is like a tornado with mixed feelings. All those mixed feelings together have had a major influence in the way she writes her poetry.
If Natasha Trethewey were fictional character she would be Cinderella. Due to the fact that she has had a very rough childhood experience she is represented as the coloured version of Cinderella in today’s day and age. Cinderella also didn’t have the best childhood growing up, and she had issues with her family.Similarly this is the same for Natasha Trethewey. Though at the end of both stories, both Cinderella and Trethewey have shining endings.
Lastly, if Natasha Trethewey were an accessory, she would be a ring. She is a ring, the one that wraps tightly around the finger. She represents a ring as, rings are tight and they cover around the finger. In Trethewey’s writing, she makes sure that she includes every detail and wraps around the historical facts. Just as a ring wraps around the finger tightly and are used as accessories, Trethewey wraps up the historical events in her writing thoroughly in detail.
Until next time,