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Biography Of Natasha Trethewey An Accomplished Poet

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Natasha Trethewey is an accomplished poet who is currently serving as United States Poet Laureate appointed by the Library of Congress and won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poems, Native Guard in 2007. She grew up mixed race, black and white, in Gulfport, Mississippi, and when her parent’s divorced she moved with her mother to Atlanta. Her mother, Gwen, remarried and at a young age Natasha was a eyewitness in the physical and psychological abuse that her new stepfather hurled upon her mother. After graduating from high school, Natasha set off to go to school in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia. During Trethewey’s freshman year, her mother was murdered by her stepfather ...view middle of the document...

This shows that her mother has died, beaten up and then shot in the head. Though Natasha ironically states this is the only evidence of abuse, she knows that all the others are evidence too. Natasha Trethewey also uses figurative language in this poem to express her thoughts and sentiment.
In this poem, Trethewey uses figurative language to express her feeling about her mother's murder. Trethewey takes the bruise on her mother's eye and makes it seem that she has been looking through a scope for a way out of the abuse through a simile, “a dark patch as if imprint/of a scope she'd pressed her eye too close to,/looking for a way out” (2-4). Though Trethewey knows her mother's bruises did not come from looking through a scope, she uses this language as depth in her poem. After Gwen's abusive ex-husband is released from prison (having been there for a year for a very violent attack on Gwen), he resumes his threats and Gwen is put under police protection (Wilson). Trethewey uses allusion when talking about the restraining order her mother had procured against her stepfather by describing it without directly stating what it is, “the official document—its seal/and smeared signature—fading already,/the edges wearing” (8-10). Trethewey paints a picture of a faded signature and edges wearing to illustrate that the document shows wear from having to use it so often. Another way that Trethewey brings this poem together is through the use of diction.
Trethewey picks specific words in her poem to...

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