Randall and Morales: Struggles of Immigrants
America has long been the land of hopes and dreams People from all over the world came to America for a better life. America was underpopulated. For the country to build and develop, she needed more people, therefore the government passed Act 1802, which invited people to come here and become citizens (Welcome). The native people of the country welcomed everybody to come live and become citizens here. They also claimed that they would respect and appreciate human rights and would not discriminate against people of other nations. Randall and Morales describe the efforts and struggles of immigrants who came to the United States and tried to become her citizens, a thing that in reality is very difficult and full of obstacles. Even though their writing and lifestyles are different, the theme of both poems is the same in that both poems describe the struggles and obstacles faced by those trying to fit in where they weren’t often welcome.
Dudley Randall was an African-American poet from Detroit, Michigan (Randall). He was born on January 14th, 1914, in Washington, D.C., to Arthur George Clyde and Ada Viola Randall (Randall). At a very young age Randall developed a very strong interest in poetry and at just 13 he published his first poem which appeared in the Detroit Free Press (Randall). In 1935 he married Ruby Hudson, but this marriage did not last (Randall). He then married Mildred Pinckney, but this marriage did not last either (Randall). In 1957 Randall finally found the one (Randall). Her name was Vivian Spencer (Randall). They had one daughter together (Randall). Randall served in the military during World War II (Randall). He later founded a publishing company called Broadside Press in 1965, which came about to the publication on many leading writers (Randall). Randall’s most famous poem is “The Ballad of Birmingham” which tells about the 1963 bombing during the Civil Rights Movement of a Baptist Church in which four girls were killed (Randall). Before the publication of his book, “Litany of Friends” in 1981, Randall suffered from deep suicide depression, during which he created some of his most original poetry (Randall). Dudley Randall died on August 5, 2000 (Randall).
Dudley’s poem “The Melting Pot” (1968) tells about the immigrants problem of identity. The poem speaks about the discrimination experienced by those immigrants. Each of the stanzas consists of four lines (quatrain), except the third and the fourth, which are couplets, and they have rhymes at the end of several lines (Welcome). For the writer this rhyming sound is necessary, that is why in the first stanza he writes “girl or man,” which usually would be girl and boy, or woman and man, to make it rhyme with the word “American” (Welcome).
There is a magic melting pot (Barnet)
where any girl or man (Barnet)
can step in Czech or Greek or Scot, (Barnet)
step out American (Barnet).
Randall uses a cynical tone to describe...