As I Grew Older - Questions and Answers
Match the questions to their answers.
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The poet himself who is African American
Who is the speaker of the poem?
He had a dream
What did the speaker have a long time ago?
His hands are the tool with which he can change his future. The african Americans chose to create art, music and writing. Their hands are the tools to change.
Why does the speaker mention using his hands to break through the wall?
The speaker's dream is to achieve racial equality.
What is the dream?
The effect will be that the speaker will be able to achieve his goals and dreams. He will not be racially discriminated.
What do you think will be the effect of breaking through the wall?
The darkness represents the despair, discrimination, persecution and inequality. The light represents hope for the future and the ability to achieve dreams.
How are the images of light and darkness used in the poem?
The poem is both optimistic and pessimistic. When the poet is young he is optimistic - he thinks he can achieve his dream. As he grows older he understands that he is not equal to others and cannot break the wall so he becomes pessimistic. At the end of the poem the speaker is optimistic again and decides to see the light and break the wall to achieve racial equality.
Is the poem optimistic, pessimistic or both?