Day 4

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    In what sense is Harlem “outside” the world according the lady in blue? What other poems does "i usedta live in the world" most directly echo? Use specific language and examples.

    Now that she is living in Harlem, the lady in blue no longer feels a right to exist freely. Before she moved, she "hadda right to the world”(53), but now she needs to constrain herself in order to maintain her privacy and her bodily autonomy.

    There are direct echoes to "sechita" in this poem, for example when she complains that in her new surroundings she is "coated in grey filth" (50), just as sechita suffered from the "clingin delta dust" (37). The poem is also reminiscent of "one," as both...

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