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Significance of title - Senghor

posted Jan 19, 2011 16:21:40 by tparsons93
The title, “Prayer to Masks” by Leopold Sedar Senghor, is kind of powerful in the poem. I am not sure if I understand the whole meaning of the poem, but what I got out of it was that it was about war. I think the “prayer” part in the title is talking about, pray for the soldiers who give put their life on the line for all of us. The lines that really made me think it was about war was, “They call us men of coffee cotton oil/They call us men of death” (20-21) I think the poem in general is just talking about to pray for the ones who are not so lucky, who have gone through hardships, live in third world countries, the little boys and girls in sweatshops, and the men in war. I think the word “mask” in the title is talking about not a literal mask on their face, but the way that they have to cover up feeling okay with the life they live. They may seem like they are fine and happy, but I bet inside some of them are really hurting.
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JessicaPhelps2192 said Jan 20, 2011 16:52:30
When I first read this poem, I really didn’t understand it either. Your response helped me get a better grasp of what the author was trying to say. I first thought it was a literal mask with people trying to hide their face. With your explanation and looking into the poem more, I agree as well that the mask is about having to cover up a feeling they have in their life. They try and be strong on the outside by wearing a fake face, a “mask”, but really they’re being torn apart on the inside – what their true feelings are.
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