Amelia's Poem Analysis


Poetic Devices in this Poem

1. Simile: a comparison using "like", "than", or "as".
There is a simile at the beginning of the poem when the girl's limp is compared to wheat blowing in the wind.
2. Metaphor: a direct somparison between two things without using like, than, or as.
There is a metaphor in the third stanza when the girl is compared to broken glass.
3. Imagery: an image conveyed through the author's words.
Imagery is used in the first, third, and fifth stanzas. In the first stanza you can picture the wheat undulating in the wind, in the third stanza you can picture the cut rose falling to the ground, and in the fifth stanza you can picture the darkness of the night getting lighter at dawn.
4. Refrain: the repetition of the same words of phrases throughout a poem to add emphasis.
The line "The girl was lame." is repeated throughtout the poem.
5. Masculine rhyme: line ends with a stressed beat.
The line "silver drew on the wind" has masculine rhyme.
6. Feminine rhyme: line ends with an unstressed beat.
The line "crying without bitterness or complaint" has feminine rhyme.
7. Symbolism: something that represents something else.
The roses mentioned in the poem represent beauty.

How is this poem a reflection of and reaction to the culture from which it came?

          My poem is a reflection of and reaction to the culture of Cuba because in several parts you can infer what Cuban culture is like. First, people believed that the stars or maybe someone else with a higher power decided how things would be. The line "I do not know what made the sidereal curve..." is the first line to reveal this. The word sidereal means determined by or from the stars. That line means the narrator does not know why the stars determined that her foot would be curved the way it was. The line "He bent the foot with the tip of a star" also supports this conclusion. He was able to bend her foot with a higher power using the star.  Second, people who were lame were not considered beautiful. This statement is obviously supported by the line "Nobody found her beautiful." Third, wheat is a crop that is grown in Cuba. At the beginning of the poem the girl and the way she moved when she walked was compared to wheat in a wheat field blowing in the wind. "And that limp was as an undulator Wind in a wheat field..." Maria must have seen wheat blowing in the wind in wheat fields in Cuba. Since you can infer information about the culture of Cuba while reading this poem this poem is a reflection of and reaction to the culture from which it came.

Raziel's Poem Analysis

1. Assonance: the similarity of two or more vowel sounds or the repetition of two or more consonant sounds, especially in words that are close together in a poem.
2. Imagery: An image conveyed through the author's words.
3. Symbolism: Something that represents something else, especially a material object to represent something invisible.
4. Alliteration: a poetic or literary effect achieved by using several words that begin with the same or similar consonants
5. A refrain: the repetition of the same word or phrases throughout a poem to add emphasis.


How is this poem a reflection of and reaction to the culture?

        Women Smoke shows the culture of Cuba because Cuba is known for their Cuban cigars. Cuban cigars were in such a strong demand since the late 1990s that almost all of the cigars produced are exported to other places in the world. The aborigines considered tobacco a miraculous medicine and a vital element in their religious, politicial, and social ceremonies. This poem could be about how when she was a little girl, she could have been hanging around her father's soldiers, why all smoked. And like she wrote " men who kiss me there is smoke in your mouth." could have been talking about soldiers. Or Ducle Maria could have been simply talking about how she doesnt like men who smoked because they caused her challenges that she had to overcome by herself.

Kiera's Poem Analysis

1. Alliteration: A succession of the same sound.
2. Assonance: The repeating of the same vowel sound whose consonants are different.
3. Denotation: When your write a phrase or saying down that has deeper meaning than what it says, there is emotion behind it.
4. Consonance: A specific consonant sound repeated several times.
5. Feminine rhyme: The wording is uneven with the beat of the poem or stanza.
6. Masculine rhyme: The wording is even with  the beat of the poem or stanza.
7. Metaphors: A comparison not using like, as, or than.
8. Personification: Giving a nonliving thing the qualities of a living thing.
9. Similes: A comparison using the words like, than, or as.
10. Symbolism: the phrase or words that represent something invisable.
11.Tone/Mood: A specific feeling that the author is trying to send to you.
12. Theme: The mesage the poem is trying to get you to feel or to change.

How is this poem a reflection of and reaction to the culture of Cuba?

This Poem Canto A Sterile Women shows the culture of Cuba because the Cubans didn't accept women who could not have childern. In stanza seven lines two and three Dulce Maria says, 'In your mother warm belly hides death" This shows that Cubans did not appreciate people who could not have childern because she is using the word Death to symbolize worthlessness. Also in stanza eleven lines thirteen and fourteen, she states, "You are the arrow alone in the air!" This means that the person who is being talked about is alone. Which also means that she has no one with her for help proving again the disapproval in Cuba. My last example is from stanza nineteen line four, "You walk and going nowhere" Maria wrote. This leads me to believe that she tries to do something with her life, but no matter what she cannot get farther because of this disability. Once again this proves that Cubans did not approve women who could not have kids.