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'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.'

This is what i got:

The tone of the poem 'El Olvido' is very solemn as the speaker describes all the dangers of forgetfulness. This is made obvious because the phrase 'It is dangerous' is repeated many times throughout the poem. She tells three kids that el olvido is a dangerous thing and that they should not forget their past, their ancestors, their culture, and their religion. The speaker is very serious as she explains all of this, because the poem has a steady rhythm with serious words.

That's about all I can get...any suggestions on how I can make it longer and better?

Thanks
-MC

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    Did you even read what I wrote?
    http://www.jiskha.com/display.cgi?id=1260101043

    Do these lines indicate a "solemn" tone or something stronger?
    before which your mother kneels
    praying with embarrassing fervor
    (ll. 12-13)

    You wrote, "She tells three kids..."
    What three? And are they offspring of goats? Or are they humans?

    In what you wrote above, you have made statements without back-up. You need to quote lines from the poem (with line numbers, I might add) to prove your statements.
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    I read what you wrote but I'm a little confused..the son did forget the climate of his birthplace, choke out the voice of dead relatives, spurn the clothes he was born to wear, etc. so now all his mother can do is tell him that it's a dangerous thing..but how does that tell the tone of the poem and how the speaker feels about it? I've been on this forever and reallyy need to get it done so please explain a little further.

    Thanks
    -MC

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    "praying with fervor" -- if you're not clear on the meaning of "fervor," be sure to use a good dictionary.

    http://www.answers.com
    http://www.wordnik.com
    http://www.dictionary.com

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    MC What is your mom's tone of voice when she tells you "Don't do that! It is dangerous!"

    Poetry is personal not intellectual...Feel poetry! What does she feel will happen to her son if he forgets who he is, where he comes from?

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    So, she's demanding? and I think she feels that if her son forgets all these things, he'll die in a cold, bare room filled with loneliness...

    -MC

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    She's frightened. She's praying like crazy for his soul.

    Come on ... feel the emotion here!

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    OK, but then the tone of this poem is demanding as she tells the three [human] kids that el olvido is a dangerous thing?

    -MC

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    I'm soo confused :(

    -MC

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    Hey- I'm doing this question also. I think that what she is is passionate. She feels very strongly. She is also a little bit desperate. Hope this helps! p.s. how do you know she's talking to three children?

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    Im pretty sure Jesus,Jose y Maria aren't the children. Theyre the relgious figures the mother is praying to.

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