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Published by Stuart Henderson

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Published by: Stuart Henderson on Mar 16, 2011
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By Emily, Petra, Phoebe and Zoe
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
leapingas 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
am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Relates to how although slaveshad no rights, they still slept anddreamt of an emancipated futureas something to be workingtowards.Relates to the motivationfor the slaves to keepresisting against theirstruggle for equality theyare keeping the hopethroughout the whole time.Relates to African American history andthe biggest oppression of Africans ever.

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