Imagery strewn throughout the sonnet is utilized to paint a picture of the strong, brave negro man compared to the usual degrading rhetoric found in the early 1900’s. The phrase that stuck out to me the most was the first two lines, “They shall go down unto Life’s Borderland, Walk unafraid within that Living Hell.” This bold statement emphasized the dangers of war and the immense amount of bravery required to survive in “Living Hell”. Being black does not make them any less of a soldier.
The sonnet draws parallels between the war and the struggles Negros face: “Against man’s wrong to man—for such full well They know.” And finally reveals they are fighting for more than just their country, but for themselves: “There breaks this day their dawn of Liberty .”
Powerful language was used to send powerful messages to the reader. Compared to the Freedwoman, the language was impactful: not free-flowing nor full of made-up words.