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Poem analysis of Maya Angelou's Touched By An Angel

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This power point is an personification, imagery, and symbol analysis about one of Maya Angelou's poem Touched By An Angel

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Poem analysis of Maya Angelou's Touched By An Angel

  1. 1. Analysis By Friska Ayudya F.
  2. 2. Abstract In This paper, the writer tries to analyze a poem, entitled “Touched By An Angel" written by Maya Angelou. The purpose of this writing is to analyze the poem intrinsically. The theories that used are textual, contextual, and hypertextual. The author use close reading as a method. The writer found that this poem is dominated by figurative languange, such as imagery, symbols, and personification. It can be concluded that figurative languages held important role in order to understand the poem.  Keywords: Imagery, Symbol, Personification, Maya Angelou, Figurative Language.
  3. 3. Touched By An Angel By : Maya Angelou We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free
  4. 4. a. Personification Stanza 1 Line 3 Live coiled in shells of loneliness In this line the writer of this poem depicts love as a coming of age experience in the life of man. Man lies curled in a fetal position in his “ shell of loneliness” in the absence of love. Like a child, man always fears everything he encounters. Stanza 1 Line 4 Until love leaves its high holy temple In this line the writer of this poem create an image of love in its personified state, coming down from its “high holy temple” to reach humanity. She lends human qualities and activities to the abstract noun “love”. Love is just a feeling or an idea, it is not a person or a human but here in this line she make it sounds like love is a human being, love can leave its high holy temple. What she means in this line is that love is something almost religious and sacred, and therefore it should be worshipped.
  5. 5. Stanza 2 Line 1 Love arrives In this line the writer of this poem create an image that love can walk and come to us like a human can do. Love is just a feeling but here in this line she make it sounds like love is human. Love can come to you but in a sentimental way. Love can not actually come towards you. Stanza 2 Line 2 And in its train come ecstasies In this line the writer of this poem simply referring to the feelling of a man when he feels love. This “train” come and bring his memories and also his feeling, whatever he feels when he feel love, sad and happy. As far as I know, humans can arrive on trains but not love. Stanza 2 Line 6 love strikes away the chains of fear This line refer to a freedom, we must not overthinking when it comes to love, come and fight for love.Love is only a feeling hence, in reality, it would not be able to “strike away” something since it is inanimate.
  6. 6. b. Symbol The tittle Touched by An Angel This tittle has a symbol. In this tittle what the reader mean with “ An Angel” is a girl or a women not a real angel that has a wings and can fly like what we would imagine. Stanza 1 Line 3 Live coiled in shells of loneliness In this line what the writer of this poem mean with “shells of loneliness” is living in our own little world, sometimes we would feel lonely or maybe when we are single and we do not have nobody to share what we feel, our hearts feels so empty or the situations that make us feel really alone in this world because we do not have someone to love.
  7. 7. Stanza 1 Line 4 Until love leaves its high holy temple This line has a symbol. In this line what the writer of this poem mean with “ high holy temple” is when we already open our hearts, believe in love with full of sincerity. Love is hard to reach, its abode being at a high attitude, where one can only reach after climbing over rocks and jagged edges. That is, one can only experience love after going through various trials, tribulations, and hardships. Because love is something almost religious and sacred. Stanza 1 Line 6 To liberate us into life The word “liberate” evokes the image of a new born baby, whose umbilical cords links it with the mother until it is ready to emerge from the womb and see the light of the world for the first time. Similarly, love cuts the symbolic cord that shackles man in his uncertainty, and frees him from it when he is ready to embrace the possibility of happiness in his life. It can also mean that this is a situation when we will feel happy and not feel lonely again., this is a situation when we finally have someone to share anything that we feel and feel more and more happy because its bring us the new life that we want.
  8. 8. c. Imagery Visual Imagery Stanza 1 Line 4 Until love leaves its high holy temple This line has a visual imagery. In this line the readers can imagine a sacred temple in its high place. The readers also can imagine that love that is almost religious and sacred come from the sacred temple in that high place like a heaven. Stanza 2 Line 2 And in its train come ecstasies This line has a visual imagery. In this line the readers can imagine a train come. The readers can imagine wether it is a long train or the short one, and also what is inside the train, the color of the train and how the train look like.
  9. 9. Kinesthetic Imagery Stanza 1 Line 4 Until love leaves its high holy temple This line contains kinesthetic imagery it can be seen from word “ leaves” that make the readers imagine the motion of ‘love’ when it leaves its high holy temple. Stanza 1 Line 5 And comes into our sight This line contains kinesthetic imagery it can be seen from word “ comes” that make the readers imagine the motion of ‘love’ when it comes into our sight. Stanza 1 Line 6 To liberate us into life This line contains kinesthetic imagery it can be seen from word “ liberate” that make the readers imagine the motion of ‘love’ when it liberate us into life.
  10. 10. Stanza 2 Line 1 Love arrives This line contains kinesthetic imagery it can be seen from word “arrives” that make the readers imagine the motion of ‘love’ when it arrives and come to us. Stanza 2 Line 2 And in its train come ecstasies This line contains kinesthetic imagery it can be seen from word “come” that make the readers imagine the motion of train when it come. Stanza 3 Line 2 Love strikes away the chains of fear This line contains kinesthetic imagery it can be seen from word “strikes away” that make the readers imagine the motion of ‘love’ when it strikes away the chains of fear. Stanza 3 Line 8 Which sets us free This line contains kinesthetic imagery it can be seen from word “sets us free” that make the readers imagine the motion of ‘love’ when it sets us free.
  11. 11. Touched by An Angel is a poem written by Maya Angelou. This poem is interesting because inside of this poet a girl represent an angel. Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou is a poem about love. It talks about how people are before they fall in love, the ups and downs of love, and what love does to us and what it changes. Each stanza talks about different meanings of love. The poem as a whole is a beautiful testimony to the power of love. Sometimes the simplest poems express the profoundest of thoughts, and that is exactly what Angelou has done in ‘Touched by an Angel’. ‘Touched by An Angel’ consists of three stanzas. The first stanza contains six lines, and therefore, it is a sestet. The second stanza contains an extra line, bringing the total to seven. The third and final stanza similarly adds another extra line, bringing the total to eight, and is therefore an octave. Angelou ends the poem with what seems to be a contradiction, but that, on closer examination, will be found to be a philosophical truth. She says that we must sacrifice our all in the service of love, but in return we will not feel that love has power has power and control over us. Instead, we will be able to experience true freedom, freedom from all the things that had been an inhibitory force standing in the way of a beautiful life. Thus it becomes clear in the end that the ‘angel’ referred to in the title is none other than a girl that make a man fall in love with her.

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