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Analyzing Poetry Essay

1165 words - 5 pages

Life carries us like a river just as our mother carries us as babies. In the poem "The Rio
Grande and a Mother's Hands" Jimmy Baca Santiago embraces the Rio Grande because
like its season's that come and go life has many changes that are temporary. This poem
also expresses the many uses of the Rio Grande which offered freedom, but does not hold
in all of the negatives.This poem is very relatable because it shows the hardships in life but
also shows that life can get better.Life often has hardships and the unexpected may
happen but that is what makes life beautiful.Change is not always so bad, sometimes it is
good. In the poem "The Rio Grande and a Mother's Hands", the poet makes the Rio ...view middle of the document...

Jimmy Baca Santiago writes about people who risk their lives to cross the river.This
poem was written around the 1990's.during this time period many people were migrating
into the United States by crossing the Rio Grande into Texas.Santiago was most likely
living by the Rio Grande river and was meditating at the river.The time influenced the poet
to write this poem because it made him reminisce past events, he speaks from a personal
stand point about becoming more like the glowing Rio Grande.
The lack of repetitive rhymes almost forces the reader to range a deep look into the
words and thoughts causing one to analyze Santiago's message. The form of this poem is
fairly simple containing five stanzas with no rhyme scheme. By the poem lacking rhyme
scheme it contributes to the imagery which allows you to see the images more clearly.
Imagery allows readers to imagine all of the lovely features the Rio Grande has to offer.
Jimmy Baca Santiago uses imagery to convey his message. His use of verbs contributes
to the effectiveness of this poem. Some if the verbs in this poem are: met, thinking,
dreamed, brought, meditate, learn, surrenders, releases, tears , etc. Although these verbs
are not similar to one another they still clearly express the authors point.I believe that
Santiago uses these words to show movement of the river and positive things about the
Rio Grande. The words tell you about the authors emotions an and about the river, so it
makes me think of physically being at the Rio Grande.Some words in this poem were
difficult to understand like the word strewn and grueling. Grueling means trying or taxing to
the point of exhaustion and strewn means to spread by scattering. After figuring out the
definitions to these words I was able to comprehend the poem thoroughly and was able to
see the imagery more vividly. The poems mood is very calming and reminiscent because
Jimmy Baca Santiago wishes to become one with the river.The poems uses similes
multiple times, for example the author states "I was thinking if the Rio Grande as a pair of
Mother's Hands." The use of this simile is very effective on reserves because everyone can
remember the safety...

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