m a black ocean, leaping and wide.
The ocean makes up the majorityof the world relating to how allhumans come from Africa. Theocean lays down how thefoundation of the world, as didthe first humans in Africa.By using the term black
which is a politicallycorrect term in a timewhen people would usenegro, it shows thatAngelou is challengingsociety
s impressions andviews on AfricanAmericans.
nstead of using a term that was givento them by their slaver,Angelou is emphasisingthe independence thatAfrican Americans arestriving for from theiroppressors.The imagery of a
black ocean reminds one of oil,which relates to theprevious references to oilthat Angelou makes in thepoem. By saying she is ablack ocean, Angelou issaying that she is valuableand worthy, whichcontradicts the racist whitesociety of the 1920
s.By using the term
leapingas opposed to smaller actionssuch as jumping, Angelou ishighlighting how strong andpowerful she is
As oceans are calm but can beextremely powerful and strong,Angelou is making acomparison to herself and theambiguity of the ocean