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Cultural Identity in Poetry
Aiden Yeh, PhD
Wenzao Ursuline College of
Language
Objectives
• Use poetry in boosting self-esteem, to
discover and understand ourselves
• To look at these issues that we deal in our
lives: sexuality, identity crisis, peer-
pressure, racism and sometimes a lack of
self-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 represent
something 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
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/identity-of-i/
• Chicano- of Mexican
descent
• Thrive- to grow
• Vatos- Mexican slang for
man/dude (gangster
lingo)
• Calles- Street
• Aztec- ethnic groups of
central Mexico
• Savages- cruel/barbaric
• Aggression- to attack
• La raza- the race/people
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/culture-forgotten/
• Slaughter
• Importation
• Proliferation
• Biased
• Domination
• Racist
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-hide/
http://www.poemsabout.com/culture/page-11/
http://www.poemsabout.com/culture/page-12/
http://www.poemsabout.com/culture/page-14/
http://rebelliouspoets.blogspot.tw/2012/05/discussing-and-writing-about-taiwans.html
http://rebelliouspoets.blogspot.tw/2012/05/taiwan-bar-none.html
http://rebelliouspoets.blogspot.tw/2012/05/remember.html
http://rebelliouspoets.blogspot.tw/2012/05/i-3-tw.html
http://rebelliouspoets.blogspot.tw/2012/05/china.html
References
• http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/200
• http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/199
• http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/identity-of-i
/
• http://www.lakes.cumbria.sch.uk/index/english

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