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Oranges - Gary Soto

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Colleen Dulle

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Oranges by Gary Soto
analysis by Colleen Dulle The first time I walked
With a girl, I was twelve,
Cold, and weighted down
With two oranges in my jacket.
December. Frost cracking
Beneath my steps, my breath
Before me, then gone,
As I walked toward
Her house, the one whose
Porch light burned yellow
Night and day, in any weather.
A dog barked at me, until
She came out pulling
At her gloves, face bright
With rouge. I smiled,
Touched her shoulder, and led
Her down the street, across
A used car lot and a line
Of newly planted trees,
Until we were breathing
Before a drugstore. We
Entered, the tiny bell
Bringing a saleslady
Down a narrow aisle of goods.
I turned to the candies
Tiered like bleachers,
And asked what she wanted -
Light in her eyes, a smile
Starting at the corners
Of her mouth. I fingered
A nickel in my pocket,
And when she lifted a chocolate
That cost a dime,
I didn't say anything.
I took the nickel from
My pocket, then an orange,
And set them quietly on
The counter. When I looked up,
The lady's eyes met mine,
And held them, knowing
Very well what it was all
About.

Outside,
A few cars hissing past,
Fog hanging like old
Coats between the trees.
I took my girl's hand
in mine for two blocks,
Then released it to let
Her unwrap the chocolate.
I peeled my orange
That was so bright against
The gray of December
That, from some distance,
Someone might have thought
I was making a fire in my hands. The Poem What shapes "Oranges"? Personal & Intimate
Nostalgic Mood
Emphasis on Childhood Innocence
Imagery & Symbols Personal & Intimate Form
Meter
Rhyme
Audience free verse, no specific structure no specific meter or rhyme structure audience is not specified, so all can enjoy the poem. Nostalgic Mood Mood/tone makes the story sound like a fond memory.
Speaker: The poem is narrated by a man looking back on a childhood memory.
Childlike diction with simple words and sentences Emphasis on Childhood Innocence Childlike diction and the theme of innocence and naïveté emphasize the innocence of childhood, especially one's first romance. Imagery and Symbols Her house, the one whose
Porch light burned yellow
Night and day, in any weather. • All references to the girl have to do with light.
• She is reliable, trustworthy.
• Childlike love: can only see the good in the object of your affection. I turned to the candies
Tiered like bleachers, • Evokes childhood memories—nostalgia. Fog hanging like old
Coats between the trees. • Rich imagery enables the reader to feel the cold and see the fog. I peeled my orange
That was so bright against
The gray of December
That, from some distance,
Someone might have thought
I was making a fire in my hands. • The girl’s light has passed to the narrator. "Oranges" is a narrative poem. A narrative poem tells a story. Worksheet Literal Meaning A boy and a girl are going out on their first date. The girl wants to buy a chocolate that the boy cannot afford, so he pays with a nickel and an orange. Lyric Qualities Rhyme scheme: free verse
Internal rhyme: none
Alliteration: "breathing/Before a drugstore."
Onomotopoeia: none
Repetition: the girl is always associated with light. Theme The theme is the selflessness of young love. This theme is demonstrated by the boy only seeing good in the girl, as shown by the mention of her front porch light always being on. It is also shown by the boy giving his orange so the girl could have chocolate.
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