Summary Of Evelyn Tooley Hunt's 'Taught Me Purple'

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The poem “Taught Me Purple” by Evelyn Tooley Hunt exhibits a mother and child living in poverty. The mother attempts to have the child live a much better life than she did, and show her that there’s more in their lives then what they already have. She tries too much and emotionally “dies” because she didn’t succeed, and the mother is unable to teach the daughter self-respect and pride in what she does. “Taught Me Purple” illustrates the effect poverty has on one’s lifestyle and thoughts. Hunt utilizes the words “orbit” and “tenement to show that the mother is constantly reminded of their poor lifestyle and their lack of wealth is revolving. A crucial piece of the poem is ¨broken molding¨ and the ¨filthy street¨ which helps create an image

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