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Analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.s "I Have a Dream" Speech
Pages 5 (1255 words)
From our hearts and souls have we to understand it, not from the often shallow reasonings of the mind. Notwithstanding the meticulous process that went into composing this landmark speech, and regardless of the famed rhetorical prowess of the person who delivered it, all of which may be no more than secondary details, the simplicity and the essence, the power and the impact of Martin Luther King's words, prima facie, transcend the reach of rational analysis.
It was a primordial cry of pain, a primitive urge to be released from bondage - which materialized in the moving words and sonorous sentences that found utterance in a relatively unknown pastor more than forty years ago, on 28th August 1963, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC:
This is not a cleverly crafted political speech, but in many ways the unrestrained outpouring of the "hope that springs eternal in human breast." It does not have a subtlety in it that needs to be analyzed by the scholars, but it has a sublimity that can be felt by every person who has a longing heart. No true poem, or any profound work of art can be subject to analysis as such; Martin Luther King's electrifying speech falls into their category. It was an expression of creativity, pure and simple; in fact, more specifiacally, it is an outcome of a very intriguing concept that King alludes to in his speech: creative suffering.
Suffering transfixes the human mind. We must have all experienced it. ...
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