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Innocence by linda hogan

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on 27 May 2015

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Transcript of Innocence by linda hogan

Linda Hogan
of Chickasaw descent
born in Denver, Colorado
her poetry deals with issues such as:
- the environment and eco-feminism
- the relocation of Native Americans
- historical narratives, including oral histories
taught at the University of Chicago and the Indigenous Education Institute
"Innocence"
There is nothing more innocent
than the still-unformed creature I find beneath soil,
neither of us knowing what it will become
in the abundance of the planet.
It makes a living only by remaining still
in its niche.
One day it may struggle out of its tender
pearl of blind skin
with a wing or with vision
leaving behind the transparent.

I cover it again, keep laboring,
hands in earth, myself a singular body.
Watching things grow,
wondering how
a cut blade of grass knows
how to turn sharp again at the end.

This same growing must be myself,
not aware yet of what I will become
in my own fullness
inside this simple flesh.
Structure
this poem is free verse
- it does not have a rhyme scheme
or meter pattern
it uses...
-consistent punctuation (commas and periods)
-enjambment to create suspense
-metaphor
-blade of grass line
15
-to the seed

Analysis
"Innocence" is a coming of age poem.
Hogan compares the sprouting of a blade of grass to the development of a person.
Just as it is impossible to know how someone will mature, it is hard to foresee what will become of a plant.
The seed does not know what it will become and neither do you
Depicts the mystifying nature of how things grow.
Innocence by linda hogan
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