I knew almost nothing of Billie Holiday except for her amazing voice. The use of single syllable words in lengthier lines accompanied with longer stanzas, create a lyrical intensity, which differs from the first part of the poem, and mirrors the singer’s current situation. Holiday’s narrative voice reads as sassy and straight up, and her life story makes for a truly wild ride (especially those first few chapters!). ” (P4, L1,3) The collective pain from all African-American’s will gather and eventually seek revenge due to “years and years [? ] Do I have to summarize the... You don't say how long your summary needs to be, but a summary is a brief overview of the book. The enveloping of the first and last stanzas act as bars on a cage which will forever keep the African-American enslaved. Her great-great-grandmother had been a slave and had borne sixteen children by her white master, so Holiday was one-eighth white. She had grown up singing all the time and had also spent hours time in a whorehouse as a child listening to jazz records of many of the greats of that time (if you want the details in that, you have to read it for yourself, because she wasn't living in that whorehouse). Still, even if some of the tales are a little tall, it is still an opportunity to hear from a unique performer in a unique style. It is unfortunately true that few great artists are fully appreciated until after their deaths, and Holiday’s autobiography was published while she still had three painful years left to live. Mild wear and bumping to spine, board edges and corners, with sunning to spine. Holiday had started smoking marijuana before the age of thirteen. Through Bishop’s use of simple rhymes, repetition of words and changing syllabic functions, this poem reads less like a typical poem, and more like a blues song. I knew almost nothing of Billie Holiday except for her amazing voice. This book is great, regardless of the ghost writing and the liberties with the "truth". Through this difficulty, she dreamed of becoming a jazz singer. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Her insights into band era life were so very interesting. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. First Edition. Besides, Billie’s account of her life hardly can be said to portray her as innocent. Lady Sings The Blues. The sum of the elements, a black woman singing about hard times, equal one distinct style of music, namely the blues. Masterplots II: African American Literature Lady Sings the Blues Analysis, Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction Lady Sings the Blues Analysis, Critical Context (Masterplots II: African American Literature), Critical Context (Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction).