Finding Poetry in Frederick Douglass

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After finishing the culminating assessment for our unit of study on narratives, 9th graders used text from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to create found poems.

 

The Song Deep Within

Understand the deep meaning of

those rude and apparently incoherent

songs.

 

The song, tones loud, long and deep,

they breathed the prayer and complaint of

souls boiling over bitterest anguish.

 

Every tone from the song was a testimony

against slavery and a prayer to God for

deliverance from chains.

 

The song of slaves represents the sorrows

of his heart, and he is relieved by them

only as the aching heart is relieved by its tears.

 

Songs for Freedom

They would sing

the most pathetic sentiment

in the most rapturous tone.

 

I am going away!

O yea! O yea!

O!

 

They would sing words

to many would seem unmeaning jargon

with the horrible character of slavery.

 

I did not

understand the deep meaning

of those rude and incoherent songs.

 

They told a tale

of woe;

they were tones loud, long

and deep.

 

The hearing of those

wild notes,

depressed spirits and filled

with ineffable sadness.

 

I am going away!

O yea! O yea!

O!

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