February 27, 2017

Homework Help: Literature

Posted by mysterychicken on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:04am.

El Olvido:

It is a dangerous thing
to forget the climate of your birthplace,
to choke out the voices of dead relatives
when in dreams they call you
by your secret name.
It is dangerous
to spurn the clothes you were born to wear
for the sake of fashion; dangerous
to use weapons and sharp instruments
you are not familiar with; dangerous
to disdain the plaster saints
before which your mother kneels
praying with embarrasing fervor
that you survive in the place you have chosen to live;
a bare, cold room with no pictures on the walls,
a forgetting place where she fears you will die
of loneliness and exposure
Jesus, Maria, y Jose, she says
el olvido is a dangerous thing

What is the tone of this poem and the speaker's attitude towards this subject? How does the word choice and rhythm prove that?

Well I know that the tone of this poem is very serious; the speaker is trying to say that el olvido is a big deal by repeating throughout the poem 'it is dangerous'

That's about as much as I can get. Please help


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