Cultural Identity in PoetryAiden Yeh, PhDWenzao Ursuline College ofLanguage
Objectives• Use poetry in boosting self-esteem, todiscover and understand ourselves• To look at these issues that we deal in ourlives: sexuality, identity crisis, peer-pressure, racism and sometimes a lack ofself-worth
5Ws in Poetry• Who is speaking in the poem?• What is the subject of the poem?• When did this take place?• Where did this take place?• Why did this happen (if applicable)?
Elements in Poetry• Rhythm- uniform or patterned beat or melody• Metaphor-symbol or something to representsomething else• Imagery-figurative description or illustration• Personification-representation of a thing in the form of a person• Theme- topic• Tone- expressive of some meaning or feeling• Narrative- tells a story• Descriptive- describes something• Autobiography-a written history of your life written by you
• Chicano- of Mexicandescent• Thrive- to grow• Vatos- Mexican slang forman/dude (gangsterlingo)• Calles- Street• Aztec- ethnic groups ofcentral Mexico• Savages- cruel/barbaric• Aggression- to attack• La raza- the race/peoplehttp://www.poemhunter.com/poem/culture-forgotten/