GCSE other cultures poetry coursework compare and contrast “the lie” by Maya angelou and “Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts” by Alice walker, paying close attention to love. We have been studying two poems by poets from other cultures. One of the poets is Maya angelou she wrote a poem called “The Lie”. The other poem we are studying is “never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts” by Alice walker. Both of these poets were alive during the civil rights movement, they were highly political and were both feminists; they also both suffered a trauma at the age of 8.
Maya angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend Mr Freeman. She wrote about this in her autobiography “I know why the caged birds sing”. Alice walker was shot in the eye by her brother with a BB gun. Their literature had similar themes, they both wrote about gender, relationship, and kinship, in this essay I’m going to be comparing and contrasting the two poems, paying close attention to love. Both of these poems are about romantic love, rather than filial love.
Both the poems are written about being hurt by love, being betrayed, and about having your trust abused. “The lie” is written about a woman. Describing how she feels because someone has threatened to leave her. She says “I hold curses in my mouth which could flood your path, sear bottomless chasms in your road” she is saying that she could curse, stop him from going anywhere and hurt him too, but she won’t. “Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts” is about a woman advising us not to give our heart to someone who will hurt us.
Offer Your Hearts
This poem is more wise then Walker’s “The Lie” and is not so emotionally involved. When looking at the mood of the poems, we can see that both of the poems have a bitter sad mood, but “never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts” has a more frightening mood. Words like “blood-chinned”, “sucks” and “shuttling” are used in this poem to create this mood.