Poetry is a way to express a person’s emotions and feelings. Here is a poem called “Child of Africa.”
We may not agree with a person’s point of view, but it is fair and polite to listen and to try to understand. In this poem “Child of Africa,” the poet has had different experiences than you and me. We need to understand his history and the land where he lives. Is he angry, or is he trying to say that he is independent? Enjoy the poem. Write your own poetry.
Ask questions about this poem. What similarities do you share with him? How might your experiences be different? He doesn’t want ‘pity’ or ‘charity.’ What does he mean? Have you felt mistrust? He states that he was ‘schooled at the knees of the elders.’ What do you think he learned that you might not learn in a classroom? Remember, Africa is a continent comprised of many countries and cultures? This is the poet’s own feelings.