Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur is a African American song writer, poet, rapper, actor, who were born on 1971 June 16, he once hold the Guinness World Records for most record sold as a rap singer (Until Eminem beats the record in 1997) he was one of the most influence artist in America, his works often is about violence, Black's rights, racism and Welfare, and a lot of his works reflected the issues there were at that time, for example politics, social and rights.

Here is the poem I choose from Tupac (I Cry)

Sometimes when I'm alone

I Cry,

Cause I am on my own.

The tears I cry are bitter and warm.

They flow with life but take no form

I Cry because my heart is torn.

I find it difficult to carry on.

If I had an ear to confiding,

I would cry among my treasured friend,

but who do you know that stops that long,

to help another carry on.

The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.

Then to stop and see what makes one cry,

so painful and sad.

And sometimes…

I Cry

and no one cares about why.

In this Poem you can see a few techniques Tupac used, one of the very easy one we can spot is Limerick,

The tears I cry are bitter and warm.

They flow with life but take no form

I Cry because my heart is torn.

I find it difficult to carry on.

As you can see, Warm, Form and Torn and On creates a five-line witty poem with a distinctive rhythm (A-A-B-B)

You can also see Repetition in this piece of art, Tupac used I Cry twice, one in the start one in the end, I think Tupac is trying to repeats the most important points over and over and creates a strong rhythm. Idea becomes memorable, lodges in the brain.

We can also spot an Metaphor in the Poem I Cry,

‘‘I Cry because my heart is torn’’

We all know we can not really physically torn your heart, but Tupac used this sentences to show how sad he is, to express his sadness, this is a lot better than as if he is using simple sentences like ''I m sad'' it produce a lot more stronger message to the reader.

I think what makes this Poem distinct is how it reflected that people were not really there to feel what Tupac feel and left lonely Tupac to take all that pain by himself.

It really connects it to that time period because you can feel he try to spared the message ''it is dangers to be colored person at that time due to the police brutality for example incidents like 1992 Los Angeles riots which one of the mean reason causes that is police brutality on African American citizen Rodney King

I can connect myself to this poem easily and I believe we all can because we all have felt sad before, but people around us doesn't felt the same as us, and not everybody are there to feel what you felt even though they tried to help us, maybe they never be though what you have been though or maybe they are just fake friends...

Here are a few of my poems inspired by I Cry by Tupac

''The Difference between People, Haters and Fans''

People can be Fake

People don’t hate

People don’t follow

Haters always hate

Fans always Follow

First never follow

Because that First is what makes First different than a Follower

And who he always works hard

Because he refuse to be a loser.

First Never Follow

''We are all the same''

Black, White, Brown, Yellow...

We are all the same

Why is people hating

Because they have no feeling

And they are not the same

Hate is what divide us

We are all humans we are equal

Love is what united us

Our right should be equal

Colour is what divided us

But that's non sense because we are all equal

We are all the same.

As a poet I used a lot of limerick which sometimes makes my poem has rhythm, and a lot of Repetition because I like to repeat the important message over and over again, my goal was creating racial rights messages, I didn't find any luck in my first one because I had a total wrong approach... but in We are all the same I think I did a great job spreading the messages. I think for me to improve as a better poet I should be reading more poems from other poet so I can get inspired and use some of their ideas and I already found it works really well on me because before this assignment I thought there is no way I can become a poet but after I read some of Tupac Shakur's works I found myself a lot more confident.


Created with images by Elvert Barnes - "TheRoseThatGrewFromConcrete.TupacShakur"

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