Explication Of E.S.L. Essay

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Charles Martin’s poem, “E.S.L.”, is the mental reflection of an English teacher, who is teaching foreign students the English language in an E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) class. When reading “E.S.L.” for the first time, one may easily become lost in finding the meaning of the poem. This is possibly due to the fact that the poem is teeming with the use of many common poetic elements, uncommon words with dual meanings, as well as elements that are unique to Martin. It is possible that the teacher Martin creates sees the dilemma of students aspiring to a fabricated dream. After many re-reads, the poem starts to break down into various ideas that support a main idea, which is freedom. After the final read of the poem, two profound conclusions are encountered: the first is the conclusion that language is the basis of one’s freedom, and the second is that any attempt at regulating the use of language is an infringement of that freedom. Now we shall commence upon an in-depth explication so as to see the ways in which Charles Martin almost subliminally conveys his ideas to the reader.Due to the excessive numbers of stanzas, it is apparent that the best method of analysis of the poem is by the examination of individual lines or stanzas. If we were to analyze the poem by going through the list of poetic elements, we would simply become overwhelmed, and the analysis would be incoherent and unorganized. However, it would still be advantageous to analyze the elements that are universal to the poem.One of these elements is the form of the ten stanzas. While the form slightly varies, strong similarities are apparent. The first two lines of every stanza have six syllables. Only the first line of the second stanza has five syllables and the seventh has seven. It can be argued that Martin does this to emphasize something in these particular lines. If this is so, then line eight must emphasize the name Miss Choi, since it would not give emphasis to “which” or “wiry”. And indeed, Miss Choi appears to be the main character of the poem, other than the unidentified speaker, who we should pay the most attention to. As for line forty-three, it seems as if the author wants to emphasize the word “reconnoiter”, a word that denotes a reconnaissance of a foreign country, which is connotative of loyalties to somewhere other than America possibly because in the other country they are more “free”. This loyalty to a specific country is one of humanity’s freedoms. In the third through fifth lines of every stanza, the number of syllables seems to have no pattern other than they generally average twelve lines, but the second to last lines all have eight syllables and last lines five syllables. This syllable structure forms a crude diamond shape, and when the stanzas are put together, this achieves a sort of fluidity to the poem, and this fluidity contributes to the success of the presentation of the...

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