Post a Comment. Analysis of the poem White Lies by Natasha Tretheway The lies I could tell, when I was growing up light-bright, near- gaberdine, high-yellow, red-boned in a black place, were only when white lies. I could easily tell the white kinfolk that we lived uptown, non in that pink and green shanty-fied shotgun section along the tracks. I could act like my home-baked dresses came straight let on of the window of Maison Blanche. I could even keep quiet, quiet as I kept, like the time a white young woman said squeezing my hand , Now we have three of us in the class. But I paid for every time mamma find out.
White Lies Natasha Trethewey
White Lies by Natasha Trethewey | Poetry Foundation
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. She would lie about where she lived, and where she bought her clothes, but would also lie about being African American. Right below the poem is the history of Natasha Trethewey , and she was a girl that was just light enough to pass for white. The first stanza does a really good job in describing that she is really light skinned for an African American. I also get a double meaning with the color white.
The White Lies By Natasha Tretheway
This poem stood out to me because I could envision myself as her while reading. The first phrase of the poem did not fully make sense to me at first, and I had to read it over again a few times until I was able to make some sense of it. I interpreted this to be ways that she described her skin color to others. I found this to be a very creative way for her to describe herself, especially since the tone of the poem leads me to interpret it from her perspective as a little girl.
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