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Atavism. By: Melanie D, Katie S, Sarah M, Logan F, and Samiha A. Afro-American Fragment by langston Huges.

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Atavism

Atavism

By: Melanie D, Katie S, Sarah M, Logan F, and Samiha A.


Afro american fragment by langston huges

Afro-American Fragmentby langstonHuges

So long,So far awayIs Africa.Not even memories aliveSave those that history book create,Save those that songsBeat back into blood--Beat out of blood with words sad-sungIn stranger un-Negro tongue--So long,So far awayIs Africa.

Subdued and time-lostAre the drums--and yetThrough some vast mist of raceThere comes this songI do not understand.This song of atavistic land,Of bitter yearnings lostWithout a place--So long,So far awayIs Africa’s Dark face.


Theme mood and tone

Theme, Mood, and tone

  • Theme: Lost, confused, Atavism (reflecting back on Africa)

  • Mood: Depressed, homesick, alone

  • Tone: Isolation from his culture

  • Theme: Lost in the world (the wild/Klondike), Atavism (instincts)

  • Mood: Homesick (Buck missing his home in California and White Fang missing the wild)

  • Tone: Ominous, isolation from his culture ( not used to the wild)

Afro-American Fragment

Jack London’s Literature


Figurative language

Figurative Language

  • Personification: “Africa’s dark face”, “not even memories alive”

  • Metaphors: “beat back into the blood”, “ beat out of blood with words sad-sung”

  • Metaphors: “Batard was a devil”

  • Personification: “Camp must be broken”

Afro-American Fragment

Jack London’s Literature


Sound devices

Sound Devices

  • Alliteration: “Beat back into the blood”, “Sad-sung” , “those that”

  • Repetition: “So long, so far away is Africa” (repeated in the poem)

  • Alliteration: “One of the grooms ran to the rescue”, “Matt shrugged his shoulders”

  • Repetition: “a wall” (grey cub repeats this, referring to the “wall of bright light”)

Afro-American Fragment

Jack London’s Literature


Imagery

imagery

  • “Dark face”

  • “So long, so far away is Africa”

  • “of bitter yearnings lost without a space”

  • “The sharp nudge of his mother’s paw”

  • “Already the canoes were departing, and disappearing into the river”

  • “…and that his club-hand had been ripped wide open by White Fang’s teeth”

Afro-American Fragment

Jack London’s Literature


Examples of atavism

Examples of Atavism

  • “Save those that history books create”

  • “So long, so far away, is Africa”

  • “This song of Atavistic land”

  • “Buck’s first day on the Dyea beach was a nightmare.”

  • “He was carnivorous animal. He came from a breed of meat-killers and meat-eaters.”

Afro-American Fragment

Jack London’s Literature


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