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Saying Yes

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Transcript of Saying Yes

Saying Yes by Diana Chang is a free-verse poem that talks about coming from different cultures and backgrounds. In this poem, the author expresses her feelings cross-cultural identity.
Saying Yes
Poetry Analysis
Surface Level
Poetry Analysis
Deeper Level
Diana Chang
Diana Chang is an Asian-American poet and novelist. She was born in New York City in 1934 with a Chinese father and Eurasian mother. She lived in a Japanese controlled area of Shanghai, China most of her childhood but moved back to New
By: Diana Chang
Saying Yes
Saying Yes
by Diana Chang

“Are you Chinese?”
“Yes.”

American?”
“Yes.”

“Really Chinese?”
“No . . . not quite.”

“Really American?”
“Well, actually, you see. . .”

But I would rather say
yes

Not neither-nor
not maybe,
but both, and not only

The homes I’ve had,
the ways I am

I’d rather say it
twice,
yes
York and attended Bernard College in 1946. She majored in English and later became a creative writing teacher at Bernard College. She also worked as a book editor, editing texts such as "The American Pen" .Diana wrote Asian-American themed poems and novels. Her most known piece of work a novel entitled "The Frontiers of Love". Other of examples of her works would be "Foreign Ways" as well as "Saying Yes". She was awarded John Hay Whitney Opportunity Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and granted from the New York State Council on the Arts.
the speaker is Diana Chang, the author since the poem was written in first person.
Who Is The Speaker?
Does The Poem Ask A Question Then Provide An Answer?
yes, the poet gets asked the question "Are you Chinese?" and "Are you American?".She answers yes to both.
Are There Repetitions Or Patterns? Are Certain Words Or Phrases Repeated? Are All The Stanzas Divided The Same Way?
the poem layout is two line per stanza, with two stanzas having three lines.
Poetry Analysis
Application Level
the first four lines of the poem contributes to the theme because it mentions she is both Chinese and American.
What Lines Contribute To The Development Of The Theme?
How Does The Central Idea ,Tone, Or Theme Apply To Your World?
the theme applies to our world because we came from multiple different backgrounds and cultures.
What Is The Central Idea The Poet Is Trying To Convey?
the central idea is that people have multiple nationalities and should be proud of that fact.
Poetry Analysis
Evaluation Level
the poem's theme is that you can come from more than one different cultures and be all. This applies many people and is very significant.
Was The Poem Successful In Establishing A Significant Theme?
Did The Poet Use Imagery And Symbolism Effectively?
she did not use any imagery but she symbolizes that she is both American and Asian by saying "I'd rather say it twice,yes"
Does The Poem Speak To The Modern World?
yes since most people today come from multiple different cultures.
Did The Poem Speak To You Personally?
yes, all three of us came from different cultures and backgrounds.
Literary Device
in the 6th stanza, it states "not neither- nor, not". The letter "n" is the first letter in each word.
Alliteration
Saying Yes
by Diana Chang

“Are you Chinese?”
“Yes.”

American?”
“Yes.”

“Really Chinese?”
“No . . . not quite.”

“Really American?”
“Well, actually, you see. . .”

But I would rather say
yes

Not neither-nor
not

maybe,
but both, and not only

The homes I’ve had,
the ways I am

I’d rather say it
twice,
yes
Literary Device
throughout the poem, the word "yes" is mentioned multiple times.
Repetition
Saying Yes
by Diana Chang

“Are you Chinese?”
“Yes.”

"American?”
“Yes.”

“Really Chinese?”
“No . . . not quite.”

“Really American?”
“Well, actually, you see. . .”

But I would rather say
yes

Not neither-nor
not

maybe,
but both, and not only

The homes I’ve had,
the ways I am

I’d rather say it
twice,
yes
Theme
Trivia
Who was Diana Chang?
the poem's central theme is that you should take pride in your background and you don't have to be a single culture, being multi-cultural defines you, embrace it.
Bibliography
"Diana Chang '49." Barnard Archives And Special Collections. N.p., 13 Aug. 2008. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

"Saying Yes by Diana Chang." Saying Yes by Diana Chang - Notes4free. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015. Website

"Saying Yes." Saying Yes. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015. Website

"Yuna." Asian American Literature Pierce 4th Period. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.
What was the poem's theme?
Name a figurative language from the poem.
Saying Yes
by Diana Chang

“Are you Chinese?”
“Yes.”

American?”
“Yes.”

“Really Chinese?”
“No . . . not quite.”

“Really American?”
“Well, actually, you see. . .”

But I would rather say
yes

Not neither-nor
not maybe,
but both, and not only

The homes I’ve had,
the ways I am

I’d rather say it
twice,
yes
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