“A Sonnet to Negro Soldiers” argues that negro soldiers are fighting just like white soldiers and will die the same death. It argues that watching them die should claim their equality to white soldiers, though they are looked down upon. Many words stand out, and Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. capitalizes certain words to make them stand out even more. Those words include Life’s Borderland, Living Hell, Resurrection Morn, Faith, Prejudice, and Liberty. These are the most important words in the sonnet as they depict what it happening during the time this sonnet is published (near the end of WWI). I think that Life’s Borderland and Living Hell are the battlefield, because the soldiers don’t know what is going to happen. I think that Resurrection Morn is mourning the loss of friends that have died, while Faith is believing in a higher power that says you will not die. Prejudice could mean that the other soldiers are prejudice to the black soldiers and want them to die first, while Liberty is the positive ending showing that both are equal when it comes to death. These words are employed to make the argument stronger and create more interpretation for the reader.
I think the language of race is different from “A Sonnet to Negro Soldiers” and “The New Freewoman.” I think that the language is more harsh and straightforward in “A Sonnet to Negro Soldiers,” like the use of negro that is degrading and the word prejudice is straight forward. I feel like the language in “The New Freewoman” is more intellectual and less offensive.