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Good Times Analysis



Author: poem of Lucille Clifton Type: poem Views: 15

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my daddy has paid the rent

and the insurance man is gone

and the lights is back on

and my uncle brud has hit

for one dollar straight

and they is good times

good times

good times



my mama has made bread

and grampaw has come

and everybody is drunk

and dancing in the kitchen

and dancing in the kitchen

of these is good times



good times

good times



oh children think about the

good times






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To the person that said Lucille Clifton sounds uneducated, the dialect of this poem is definitely intentional. She has many deep and intelligent poems, this poem is meant to illustrate a very specific feeling, one that those of us who grew up with very little can appreciate. It is short, like the brief breath of relief one experiences when they have the rare occasion of not being terrified of bills. It is a poor man\'s (or woman\'s) greatest celebration but it holds with it the implication that things are not permanently fixed, and this is just one happy night on the cusp of more great fears.

| Posted on 2011-07-10 | by a guest


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Don\'t understand this poem. How is an understanding of dialect necessary in appreciating it?

| Posted on 2011-01-26 | by a guest


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I really don\'t understand how you see this poem as decent in any way. A two-year old seems to have written this and my teacher is saying this is \"dialect\" when it seems like an uneducated person speaking.

| Posted on 2011-01-26 | by a guest


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wow i love this poem she is just such an inspiration to my poetry... i want to be just like her =]

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest


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In the poem "Good Times", Lucille Clifton reflects on the happier days of her youth. By pointing out specifically that the rent is paid and the insurance man is gone, she implies that at other not so good times, these were problems for her family. Bread signifies the luxuries of financial stability. Clifton not only addresses money but also mentions he grandfather and uncle's wellbeing. To Clifton, the good times were when the family was together and happy, free from worrying about money. In the end when she tell the children to think about the the Good Times she is trying make them not forget in bad times that good times do exist, and they can take you away from the pain of bad times.

| Posted on 2009-04-05 | by a guest




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