Taking the first four lines:
dangerous -- adj.
forget -- v.
climate -- n.
birthplace -- n.
choke -- v.
voices -- n.
dead -- adj.
relatives -- n.
It is a dangerous thing
to forget the climate of
your birthplace; to choke out
the voices of the dead relatives when
in dreams thet call you by
your secret name; dangerous
to spurn the clothes you were
born to wear for the sake of fashion;
to use weapons and sharp instruments you
are not familiar with; dangerous
to disdain the plaster saints before
wich your mother kneels praying for you with
embarassing fervor that you survive in
the place you have chosen to live; a costly,
bare and elegant room with no pictures
on the walls: a forgetting place where
she fears you might die of exposure.
Jesús , María y José.
El olvido is a dangerous thing.
It is dangerous (adjective repeated several times....obviously an important word)
These are all infinitives...
repetitive to emphasize meaning.
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You should get some good ideas there, and find plenty of mood-shaping words.
The words "choke", "forgetting" and "plaster saints" are among the mood-shaping words for me.
Thank you for introducing me to this author. I enjoyed that poem very much.
It made me recall the great lyrics of the songs "A Boy Like That" and "America" from "West Side Story"
Thanks to all of you. This really helped! Happy Holidays =)