Revolution through Literature
Sonia Sanchez is a strong character who made an impact and continues to with her aggressive approach on her poetry. With her unique style, Sonia is able to clearly make an impact in her poems such as “Towhomitmayconcern”. Sonia’s background and ideologies influence her style and technique throughout her poem, “Towhomitmayconern”.
Sonia had a rough background which helped her become the skilled author and poet she is today. A year after Sonia was born, “her mother died” and later, Sonia “married and divorced” Albert Sanchez as well as Etheridge Knight (Academy of America Poets 1).
Through these years, Sonia is able to gain independence which makes her a stronger person and, in essence, a stronger poet. After the death of her mother, Sonia moves around and lives with “other relatives for several years” until she settles in Harlem (Academy of America Poets 1).
The death affected Sonia’s early life which affects the rest of her future. Because of her relocation to Harlem, Sonia is able to observe the political movement which will sculpt the person she is. Sonia’s early life allows her to be free of restrictions and learn about other ideologies which are emphasized throughout her poetry.
Sonia’s ideologies are very unique and play a key role in her poetic style. Through Sonia’s studies in “political science”, she becomes a fighter for “women’s liberation, peace, and racial justice” (Academy of America Poets 1, American International Speakers Bureau 1).
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Sonia is able to break the stereotype and further her education which allows her to become the political author she is. The Afro centric, feminist, and lastly, humanitarian perspective of her works allow her works to have many universal themes especially for the oppressed she is fighting for. Her ideologies are bleed through into her poetry and this causes her own “spiritual link between art and politics” (MrAfrica@AfroPoets.Net 1).
The deepest way in which Sonia conveys her believes is with what she knows best, poetry. Sonia’s poetry serve to be a form of a political uprising by allowing her readers to feel the oppression she feels. This is best explained in her poem, “Towhomitmayconcern”.
Sonia’s poem “Towhomitmayconcern” is affected by her believes. Sonia’s use of improper grammar, in her poem, such as “gon”, “git”, and “gonna”, serve as a “political statement which undermines the use of language as a tool for oppression” (MrAfrica@AfroPoets.Net 1).
By breaking away from the norms, Sonia is also breaking away from the justices of society, and this is symbolically represented in her poems poor grammar. Also, this slang allows for Sonia to add more emotion as she recites her poems at over “more than five hundred universities and colleges” (Academy of America Poets 1).
Furthermore, the repetition of “Watch out fo the full moon of Sonia/ shinin down on ya” the beginning and end of the poems add for further emphasis (Sonia 1-2: 14-16).
These lines are very aggressive when rehearsed be Sonia because they are best described as “Sanchez’s attacks on the Euro-American political, social, and aesthetic establishments” (MrAfrica@AfroPoets.Net 1).
The moon brings out the tides and turns men into werewolves; this violent upset is symbolized by the moon. Sonia’s believes have a strong affect on her poem “Towhomitmayconcern”.
Sonia’s political and humanitarian believes played a large role in her poetry. As time passes, Sonia will leave her political and poetic touches through her poems which spoke from her deepest feelings and thoughts.
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