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Poem My Mother Pieced Quilts

Analysis of Literary Elements
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Margaret Orr

on 31 August 2014

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Transcript of Poem My Mother Pieced Quilts

Did you know:
Most quilts have 3 layers: a top layer of pieced-together patchwork or design units, a middle layer of filler or batting, and a bottom layer of cotton or muslin.
The top takes the longest to sew and often consists of a complex, colorful design.
Traditionally, pieces of fabric for the top layer are cut from the family's old, discarded clothing.
Title
Every time there is a special event, the mother would add to the quilt
Memory
1st Stanza:
Quilt meant for warmth
2nd Stanza:
How the quilt came together & components
3rd Stanza:
Describing how quilt was made
Paraphrase
4th Stanza: Quilt was made up of family memories

5th Stanza: Different materials represent different life events

6th Stanza: The mother designed the quilt-captured every memory
Paraphrase
7th Stanza: Daughter recalls the events of the quilt with different emotions

8th Stanza: How the quilt speaks to her

9th Stanza: Quilt was made with love
Paraphrase
Form: Free verse/ slight narrative
Connotation
Diction:
cemented- all together in one piece
mosaic- colored bits of material
weapon- protection
caravan- group of travelers journeying together
love- a feeling of warm affection for a parent, child, etc.
Imagery:

cemented- all memories bounded together
mosaic- different materials
weapon- quilt used for protection
caravan- daughter and mother traveling their life together
love- the mother made the quilt was love-for her daughter
Point of view: 1st person

Details: Each piece of fabric resembles a story/event that
happened in Teresa's life.
Example- Line 11- wedding organdies
Line 25- father's Santa Fe work shirt
Connotation
Allusions: none

Symbolism: Quilt- resembles life=memories
weapon- protection
Connotation
Happiness
Love towards one another
Attitude
Shifts
Mother made a quilt
Has meaning
Contains memories
Title
Your mother always helps you remember your life and recalls all memories.
Theme
they were just meant as covers
in winters
as weapons
against pounding january winds

but it was just that every morning I awoke to these
october ripened canvases
passed my hand across their cloth faces
and began to wonder how you pieced
all these together
these strips of gentle communion cotton and flannel
nightgowns
wedding organdies
dime store velvets
Shifts

how you shaped patterns square and oblong and round
positioned
balanced
then cemented them
with your thread
a steel needle
a thimble

how the thread darted in and out
galloping along the frayed edges, tucking them in
as you did us at night
oh how you stretched and turned and re-arranged
your michigan spring faded curtain pieces
my father's santa fe work shirt
the summer denims, the tweed of fall
Shifts

in the evening you sat at your canvas
---our cracked linoleum floor -the drawing board
me lounging on your arm
and you staking out the plan;
whether to put the lilac purple of easter- against the red
plaid of winter-going-into-spring
whether to mix a yellow with blue and white and paint the
corpus christi noon when my father held your hand
whether to shape a five-point star from the
somber black silk you wore to grandmother's funeral.
Shifts

You were the river current
carrying the roaring notes
forming them into pictures of a little boy reclining
a swallow flying
You were the caravan master at the reins
driving your thread needle artillery across the mosaic
cloth bridges
delivering yourself in separate testimonies
Shifts

oh mother you plunged me sobbing and, laughing
into our past
into the river crossing at five
into the spinach fields
into the plainview cotton rows
into tuberculosis wards
into braids and muslin dresses
sewn hard and taut to withstand the thrashings of
twenty-five years

stretched out they lay
armed/ready/shouting/celebrating

knotted with love
the quilts sing on
"My Mother Pieced Quilts"
written by Teresa Palomo Acosta
Born in McGregor, Texas, on March 9, 1949, Acosta is the daughter of parents who migrated to Texas during the Great Depression of the 1930s. After earning a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Acosta attended the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she received a master’s degree in 1977. One of the leading poetic voices of multi-culturalism in America, Acosta has commented that she writes “partly to re-envision and re-tell stories about [myself], [my] family, and the Chicana/Tejana experience.” In 1993 Acosta was honored with the Voertman’s poetry Award, and in 1995 was a Poetry Fellow at the Virginia Center for
Who is the antecedent for "They" in the title?
Figures of Speech
Metaphor and Personification:
How does the poet bring the quilts to life ?
What two qualities does the poet give them that reveal their importance to the speaker?
Imagery
What mental pictures and emotion are created by the imagery of this stanza?
Point out details that give both sensory and emotional impressions.

they were just meant as covers
in winters
as weapons
against pounding january winds

but it was just that every morning I awoke to these
october ripened canvases
passed my hand across their cloth faces
and began to wonder how you pieced
all these together
these strips of gentle communion cotton and flannel nightgowns
wedding organdies
dime store velets

how you shaped patterns square a oblong and round
positioned
then cemented them
with your thread
a steel needle a thimble



how the thread darted in and out
galloping along the frayed edges, tucking them in
as you did us at night
oh how you stretched and turned and re-arranged
your michigan spring faded curtain pieces
my father's santa fe work shirt
the summer denims, the tweeds of fall

in the evening you sat at your canvas
-- our cracked linoleum floor the drawing board
me lounging on your arm
and your staking out the plan:
whether to put the lilac purple of easter against the red plaid of winter-going-into-spring
whether to mix a yellow with blue and white and paint the corpus christi noon when my father held your hand
whether to shape a five-point star from the
somber black silk you wore to grandmother's funeral
you were the river current
carrying the roaring notes
forming them into pictures of a little boy reclining
a swallow flying
you were the caravan master at the reins
driving your threaded needle artillery across the mosaic cloth
bridges
delivering yourself in separate testimonies.

Imagery & Metaphor
Describe the mother as these word pictures and comparisons make her appear.
What is the effect of this language?
oh mother you plunged me sobbing and laughing
into our past
into the rivers crossing at five
into the spinach fields
into the plainview cotton rows
into tuberculosis wards
into braids and muslin dresses
sewn hard and taut to withstand the thrashing of twenty-five years
stretched out they lay
armed/ready/shouting/celebrating

knotted with love
the quilts sing on
Symbol
What have the quilts come to represent?

How has their personification been important to this symbolism?
What is a shift?
Poems commonly contain a shift in topic or tone.
A shift is a common tool that poets use to create meaning in their work.
Finding the shift in a poem will lead to a greater understanding of a poet's intent.
It also allows the reader to appreciate the poem more.
To find the shift of a poem, you have to be able to identify a clear change in the speaker’s voice
Diction
Diction is the word choice that an author uses to properly portray his/her meaning.
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