Wednesday, February 13, 2008

This excerpt from Cesaire is extremely powerful. He speaks of being away for a long time, but he has a deep longing to come back to his people and save them from the hardships they are enduring, but only hopes that they will still recognize him and accept him for one of their own. In lines 266-267, he expresses his only desire to help those from his homeland, but realizes the fact that they may be somewhat tentative to embrace him after his time away, and in order to convince them he states, "Embrace me without fear...And if all I can do is speak, it is for you I shall speak." In the following lines he explains that his only desire is to stand up for and help these people that have no means to help themselves, "My mouth shall be the mouth of those clalmities that have no mouth, my voice the freedom of those who break woen in the solitary confinement of depair."
Even though he has been away from these people for so long, he still feels compelled to help them no matter what. He expresses his concern for what they have been put through and tries to convince them that he is only there to help, that he will not stand idly by. Instead he will be the voice that guides them and leads them from this life of despair; he states, "And aboce all, my body as well as my sould, beware of assuming the sterile attitude of a spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of miseries is not a prscenium, a man screaming is not a dancing bear.", and in these few lines he is able to convince the unweary of his commitment, and that he will not stand by and simply be a spectator for these injustices. Although he has been away for a long time and separated himself from these hardships, he refuses to let others be abused at the hands of other men, "I have wandered for a long time and I am coming back to the deserted hideousness of your sores." No injustice should ever be ignored, nor should we just separate ourselves from the problem, instead we should stand and fight for our rights and freedoms.

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