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Analysis and comments on The Day-Breakers by Arna Bontemps

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Comment 11 of 21, added on April 21st, 2007 at 11:45 PM.

i think that this poem has a power ful mean and that this is one of his
best works that he has hea always thinks about the slave trade as metioned
hea was a good intelligent poet

Beatriz from United States
Comment 10 of 21, added on February 11th, 2007 at 12:04 AM.

Well. English not very well. I no understand poem. This does not show black
people. I am offended by poem. We are not slaves. I am a fisherman.

Kufu Nzaba from Zambia
Comment 9 of 21, added on February 8th, 2007 at 10:24 PM.

This poem is nto right! We black people are not slaves...what a failure of
a poet...

Resov Namibia from Zimbabwe
Comment 8 of 21, added on April 13th, 2006 at 9:31 AM.

this poem if anything, discusses slave trade just like in most of his
poems. Arna bontemps mainly discusses, to what i believe, a deeper meaning
in the slave trade. (ie. how they felt by saying that "we do not come to
wage a strife") this could be a stretch..but to me it means that the slaves
werent the ones wanting to fight. all they asked for was freedom and that
is all the want/ needed but it was the slave owner who started and ended
every argument and fight. Arna is now bringing back the past and putting it
into reality today becuase alot of what went on then, is still going on now
to some extent. Though not nearly as agressive, of course, but in people's
mind they have about the same idea. Racism is just another problem in
today's society, and Bontemps expresses a great deal of it in about every
single one of his works.

Stephanie from United States
Comment 7 of 21, added on January 5th, 2006 at 10:55 AM.


Jakima Davis from United States
Comment 6 of 21, added on September 11th, 2005 at 4:28 PM.

But yet in this time I feel the pain, oh what a bitter taste, the source of
DNA continues to relive in the silence of death, but yet the inner of the
soul as I my brother who stood before the cross, I sing the song of
rebirth, the warrior will follow in my soul, to be a man the eyes of the
soul, to live through humality the hardest test by the almighty, but yet I
stand tall, and face the burning bullet that aims to my soul, their are
better grounds that I must meet, through the spirit of the soul, I shall
rise black man.
This poems delays the souls of warriors who stood all arms, I give much
respect, the spirit that lives through me, the torch of Arna Bontemps I
shall deliver to another day. I love this another strong brother who has
past the torch.

Jacqueline Amos from United States
Comment 5 of 21, added on April 27th, 2005 at 6:20 PM.

This poem might have been posted a while ago or even a longer time when it
was made, but something about this is still true today. I like it and it
makes so much sence today in the time that we are livin in. He went deep
and above on this one.

Henrie from United States
Comment 4 of 21, added on November 11th, 2004 at 10:54 AM.

This is a deep, passionate feeling from this poets heart. It cries out the
desperation of needed change in our society.

Bridget from United States
Comment 3 of 21, added on November 11th, 2004 at 10:54 AM.

This is a deep, passionate feeling from this poets heart. It's cries out
the desperation of needed change in our society.

Bridget from United States
Comment 2 of 21, added on November 9th, 2004 at 2:33 PM.

Hey i think that Arna Bontemps is a very powerful and intelligant poet. He
is a very moving poet.

Jessica Rodriguez from United States

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Poet: Arna Bontemps
Poem: The Day-Breakers
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 20 2001

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