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Posted by mysterychicken on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 12:51pm.

'What is the tone of the poem El Olvido? Describe the speaker's attitude towards the subject and support your description by commenting on word choice and rhythm.'

The tone of the poem ‘El Olvido’ is intense as a mother prays for her child who has forgotten all the important things of his past such as his birthplace, his religion, the voices of his ancestors, and the clothes he was born to wear. The speaker is frightened as she prays for his soul. This is shown in lines 12-13 of the poem: “before which your mother kneels, praying with embarrasing fervor.” The speaker is also demanding as she tells three kids that forgetfulness is a dangerous thing. This is made obvious in the poem because the phrase ‘it is a dangerous thing’ is repeated several times throughout the poem.

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