No Loser, No Weeper by Maya Angelou
" I hate to lose something," then she bent her head,
"even a dime, I wish I was dead. I can't explain it. No more to be said.
'Cept I hate to lose something.
"I lost a doll once and cried for a week.
She could open her eyes, and do all but speak.
I believe she was took, by some doll-snatching sneak.
I tell you, I hate to lose something.
"A watch of mine once, got up and walked away.
It had twelve on it and for the time of day.
I'll never forget it and all I can say is I really hate to lose something.
"Now if I felt that way 'bout a watch an a toy,
What you think I feel 'bout my lover-boy?
I ain't threatening you, madam, but he is my evenings joy.
And I mean I really hate to lose something."
Title: 'No Loser, No Weeper' seemed like it was talking about the writer
tries her hard not to be a loser and a weeper. Some kind of strong sense
describing that she will never be a loser nor a weeper.
Paraphase: The first stanza is gave me the idea that this person does
not like losing something, even a little dime. The second and third stanza
adds on the idea of being extremely upset about losing one of her
special things. Last, the fourth stanza writes about her 'lover-boy'
stolen away from her by her 'madam' who seems to be her master (mistress).
And the whole poem expresses her lose about all her properties and even her
love from the world because of racism.
Connotation - 1) personification : 'A watch of mine once, got up and walked away.
It had twelve on it and for the time of the day.'
2)oxymoron: 'I wish I was dead.'
3)denotation: 'I really hate to lose something.'
Attitude - The attitude of the author about this poem seems
straightfoward and strong. Maya Angelou seems to be straighfoward about
her opinion towards racism her people(blacks) were going through.STRONG!
Shifts - The first stanza starts with a smooth tone along with her soothing
talk about her sensitivity of losing a little thing. And as the poem goes
on her tone gets stronger and stronger as she talks about stuffs that she lost
was very important and special to her. Her last line of the last stanza,
'And I mean I really hate to lose something.' gave me a clear point
that all her life she lost all the precious things from the world and
could never get them back.
Title - After I read the title of the poem I could get a sense that Maya Angelou
wanted to give an impact to us that she will no longer lose anything and
be upset over it. Through the title Maya shown us that she will stand tall and strong
over her lose.
Theme - I think the poem is crying for african - american rights in another way
for Maya Angelou. And to us it relates that everybody has their own right
to take care over their property and claim it theirs. So we should not
take nor steal it from a person you think deserves less, because everybody
has given their equal rights.