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FAQ: Litany for survival poem?

What is the poem A Litany for Survival about?

‘A Litany for Survival‘ by Audre Lorde describes the lives of those who do not have the luxury to enjoy passing dreams. They must fight for their survival. A Litany for Survival concludes with the speaker stating that this group must find a way to shake off their fear of speaking and say what needs to be said.

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid so it is better to speak?

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed, but when we are silent we are still afraid, so it is better to speak,” Lorde wrote in The Black Unicorn: Poems.

What is Audre Lorde famous for?

Audre Lorde, in full Audre Geraldine Lorde, also called Gamba Adisa or Rey Domini, (born February 18, 1934, New York, New York, U.S.—died November 17, 1992, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands), American poet, essayist, and autobiographer known for her passionate writings on lesbian feminism and racial issues.

Who said it was simple by Audre Lorde?

Who Said It Was Simple” was published in Lorde’s third volume of poetry, From a Land Where Other People Live in 1973. The brief poem scrutinizes those who define themselves as feminists but continue to accept and benefit from the oppression of other groups.

When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid?

Audre Lorde. “When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

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How did Audre describe herself?

A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.

What does your silence will not protect you mean?

According to a series of interviews conducted with Lorde, this poem “urges women, Black women specifically, to break through their silence because it is the only way to break through to each other”.

Can’t dismantle the master’s house?

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.”

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