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I grew up presentation

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were places where people,
especially children, got lost
where wild beasts roamed

our bush was where we played
and where the rabbit squirrels foxes deer and the bear lived

i grew up thinking
"i'm never going
to leave this place''

i grew up on the reserve
thinking it was the most
beautiful place in the world
i grew up on the reserve
thinking it was the most
beautiful place in the world

i grew up thinking
"i'm never going
to leave this place''

i was a child
a child who would
lie under trees

watching the wind 's rhythms
sway leafy boughs
back and forth
and rocking me as
i snuggled in the grass
like a bug basking in the sun

i grew up on the reserve
thinking it was the most
beautiful place in the world

i grew up thinking
"i'm never going
to leave this place''
through the fields
the streams
the bush

eating berries
cupping cool water
to my wild stained mouth

and hiding in the
treetops with
my friends

we used to laugh at teachers
and tourists who referred to
our bush as "forest'' or "woods''

"forests" or "woods"
were places of
fairytale text
I Grew Up
By: Lenore Keeshig-Tobias
repetition
personification
imagery
hyperbole
Rhythm
Repetition
Alliteration
Hyperbole
Simile
Imagery
Repitition
i was a child
a child who ran
wild rhythms
Repitition
Personification
Imagery
Allusion
I Grew Up Poem
i was a child
a child who would
lie under trees
watching wind's rhythms
sway leafy boughs
back and forth
and rocking me as
i snuggled in the grass
like a bug basking in the sun
i grew up on the reserve
thinking it was the most
beautiful place in the world
i grew up thinking
"i'm never going
to leave this place"
i was a child
a child who ran
wild rhythms
through the fields
the streams
the bush
eating berries
cupping cool water
to my wild stained mouth
and hiding in the
treetops with
my friends
we used to laugh at teachers
and tourists who referred to
our bush as "forest" or "woods"
"forests" or "woods"
were places of
fairytale text
were places where people,
especially children, got lost
where wild beasts roamed
our bush was where we played
and where the rabbits squirrels foxes deer and the bear lived
i grew up thinking
"I'm never going
to leave this place"
i grew up on the reserve
thinking it was the most
beautiful place in the world
The poet uses the allusion of "fairytale text" to portray to the audience that those of non-Aboriginal descent views Aboriginal peoples as fantasy figures. This means they view Aboriginals in a different way than everyone else. Aboriginals are seen as foreign and detached from modern society. This is why they use terms like "forests" or "woods" to describe their home.
Purpose
To raise awareness on the realities of Aboriginal life on the reserve and to present the reserve as a positive and nourishing home
to express the deep and healthy connection Aboriginals maintain with nature
About the poem
The poem is written through the eyes of an aboriginal woman who grew up living on a reserve
it describes the many positive and memorable events shared on reserve
these experiences allowed the woman to cherish and appreciate the reserve and all it can naturally offer
The author describes the reserve by telling the beauty of nature that the reserve have such as trees, lakes, as well as fields. By that, it seems like she really loves the reserve, the place where she grew up
Speaker/Audience
the speaker is a woman of Aboriginal decent who lived in Canada on a native reserve
The author chose to have this speaker for it makes the poem reflect a more credible and genuine perspective
Audience
the audience includes everybody specifically those who are ignorant to the life and culture of Aboriginals living on reserves
Tone
positive- it establishes the true essence and pure beauty of nature
reflective- it reflects upon the qualities that accompany life on the reserve
Mood
peaceful, hopeful, cheerful, inspired
The reserve appears to be "[a place] where people,/ especially children, got lost/ where wild beast roamed" (line 40-42).
In reality, "[the reserve] was where [they] played / and where the rabbits squirrels / foxes deer and the bear lived
The reserve and the Aboriginal lifestyle appears to be very foreign and unfamiliar to the life of a non-Aboriginal
In reality, the life of an Aboriginal on the reserve is high comparable.
i grew up on the reserve
thinking it was the most
beautiful place in the world
i grew up thinking
"i'm never going
to leave this place"
Hyperbole
The speaker spent her life experiencing what it is like to live on a reserve, as a result of her personal experiences, she sees the reserve as a beautiful place since it is her home.
She never wanted to leave the reserve since she grew up loving it and becoming one with the environment.
Shows the beauty of nature and how it seemed that every aspect flowed together in a natural rhythm.
This expresses the incredible relationship that Aboriginals share with nature. It is their home and is familiar and safe in their eyes. It allows the audience to further identify with the speaker and the Aboriginal lifestyle.
This paints an image in our minds of how enjoyable and similar an aboriginal child's life is in comparison to those of non-Aboriginal decent. This was obviously a very important message during her time period as it showed those of non-Aboriginal decent that the abuse Aboriginals were facing was truly unfair and unjust.
The term "bush" is used as a way of saying "reserve" which is the speaker's home, therefore, "bush" means home. It is given this name for Aboriginal life is centered around nature, and many of their daily activities take place in nature.
The speaker describes a specific event she experienced on the reserve. This experience possesses the ability to shine a positive light on the nature of life on the reserve. The use of strong imagery by the poet enhances the reader's ability to place themselves in the shoes of the speaker and view the many events with the same attitude and mood present.
The speaker displays her appreciation for nature by using it as a element of entertaining herself and her friends through its various features (i.e. trees). This also reflects the reserve a positive place because through its relation to nature, friendships are able to grow and flourish. Therefore, the reserve embodies a place of beauty, internal warmth, and equality.
The teachers and tourists have become divorced from nature and do not understand the importance of nature in Aboriginal life.
Speaker creates contrast as she acknowledges the animals don't simply "roam'' on there reserve, but "live''
Has respect for animals an describes a unity of how animal and man share the earth
It shows how beautiful and mesmerizing nature can be if one exposes oneself to it and develops a closeness with it. The poet uses a hyperbole to illustrate that even though it is most likely not "the most beautiful place in the world" it is treasured in their eyes and requires further appreciation.
Giving us a further reason to respect, appreciate and enjoy nature rather than destroy it as we see how important it is in the lives of others. Aboriginals feel a sort of attachment and desire to be with nature and this beautiful description of it inspires the audience to see it this way as well.
speaker provides memories of feeling one with environment
adds to mood and tone of poem causing a relaxing calming effect on readers
Allows a rateable aspect as readers can relate to this childhood experience and the feelings they felt along with this
expresses we non-natives may in fact fear nature and its unknown elements
use of "roamed" indicates as non-aboriginals, nature is unfamiliar to us and we don't see all that it offers
the reserve is home for the speaker therefore the relationship she feels with its natural surroundings has become part of him/her
as the speaker ages , there relationship with nature only grows creating a bond the speaker wants to continue throughout life
Appearance vs. Reality
THEME
Alliteration
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