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REACH OUT AND TOUCH

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Transcript of REACH OUT AND TOUCH

REACH OUT AND TOUCH
By Maxine Tynes
TIME
PERIOD
MAXINE
TYNES
About the Author
Structure
VOCABULARY
STRUCTURE
&
Content
This poem is written in present tense, in blank verse, and has no rhyme scheme.
Great imagery is given in this poem.
Imagery is given when she describes her hair, and when the child dips fingers into her neck.
Even with no rhyme scheme, Tynes is able to keep the reader's attention within this single-stanza poem.
-one of 12 children
-born: June 30th, 1949 in Halifax
-at age 4, she was diagnosed with polio
-started writing poetry in highschool
- published her first book in 1987
Overall, this poem shows forgiveness, and acceptance, since the narrator proves acceptance of the natural curiosity of children, since she writes;
- taught English for 31 years
"I should have sat beside you...
then you would know it's o.k."
These lines prove forgiveness since
she writes that she should have sat beside
the child, for the kid to know it's okay.
Word Combinations
Vocabulary
- "brown skin magic of my neck"

This is significant since this is a
strong word choice for a description
of the child finding her skin tone to be
magical, in a sense, meaning the kid
is not used to seeing people of African
descent.
Poetic Devices/ Form
Meaning for "curly electric"
and "fingers dipped".
Curly electric hair provides great imagery, since it creates an image of someone's hair being shocked.
As well, fingers dipping, is great imagery, since it represents fingers digging into a pool of skin.
- "reach out/ and touch the curly electric of
my hair". This is significant since this is the first line
signifying she is an African woman.
- Maxine writes with no capitalization, aside from her title, and when she uses the word "I".
- Some creative words used would be: magic, meaning to hold mysterious power/visuals, dipped, meaning to sink in, and electric, meaning frizzy.
The poetic voice in this poem is of Maxine
Tynes, since she is the narrator of herself, using personal pronouns proves that this poem is written in the narrator's point of view.
-stopped publishing poetry in the 1990's and focused on teaching and writing for school textbooks
-died at the age of 62, in Halifax in 2011
-black African-Canadian woman
THEME
Theme
racism
prejudice
-wrote about her own life, social concerns such as racism experienced by earlier generations of black woman, and famine in Africa and prostitues in Halifax
1980's
*we are all born with innocence,
until taught otherwise*
SPEAKER?
VOICE?
MOOD/TONE
REACTIONS
"Reach out and Touch"
is a dramatic monologue
in which the speaker
(Maxine Tynes) is describ-
ing the children (baby boy,
or baby girl) and the mother
while on the bus

The title is not in any way mis-
leading or contradictory to the message of
the poem, but literally means "to
reach out and touch"
The beginning of the poem is un-
clear and sets a curious tone to the
poem when we've not identified
what is happening in the poem
"baby girl, baby boy behind me on the bus
reach out
and touch the curly electric of my hair
your fingers dipped in the
brown skin magic of my neck"
However, by the end of the poem, the
setting of the poem is clear and sets a
rather negative mood of the poem.

"I turn and smile for you,
but you've already lost
in the silence and fear that motherlove
wraps you in."

This is because the reader has identified
what the child has done, and the reactions
from the mother
Notice:
Maxine uses imagery, irony comparison and connotation to convey this mood and tone.
MOOD & TONE
REACTIONS
Narrator: Reacts by smiling at the child, not bothered at the child, remains calm and happy
The child: Represents innocence, and
shows curiosity; almost like the child is not used seeing a human in different colour
The mother:Slapping the child's hand, almost like she is embarrassed and tells the child to hush
Explaning Irony

In the line "But you're already lost in the silence and fear that mother love wraps you in". Is an example of irony in the poem, it is ironic because you would expect a mother's love to be warm and gentle and not causing silence and fear.

Irony surrounds the "motherlove" in this poem because a mother's love means to caress her children with love and affection instead of teaching them morals especially in public places.However, in the poem the mother slaps her kid's hand when he/she sees them touching the black woman.
Connection to today

The poem "Reach Out and Touch" relates to todays society by the curiosity that exist in everybody. Everyday we have questions about different aspects of the world and society and we want to learn more about things. There are times in life when our "whys?" are not allowed in society, and Maxine Tynes author of the poem explains that it is ok to be curious and that we shouldn't be limited on what we want to know.
Interpreting Reactions

-Child dipping his/hers fingers in "the brown skin magic of my neck to see if it comes off, shoes the child is expecting the brown skin to be a result of dirt and that it should come off and the skin should be white underneath.
-The mother of the curious child slaps his/her hand away and "hush- up of your questions " suggests that the mother is discouraging the child's curiosity in the black woman and does not want the child to learn about her or get involved with her.
-The child is "wondering out loud why it doesn't come off".Which is a clear indicator that the child is curious about why the woman's skin is brown.
-When the narrator says "\I turn and smile for you, but you're already lost/in the silence and the fear that mother love wraps you in". Shows that the woman tried to show the child that black people are not to feared.
IRONY
CONNECTION
- The only words on line 2 are "reach out" which provides emphasis on the title, along with the main action in this poem.
- In lines 7-9,"your mama/slapping hands away/hush-up of your questions" signifies the child's mother is not dealing with the situation in an appropriate manner.
- In line 13 "fear that motherlove wraps you in" is a paradox, since someone should not be lost in the fear of motherlove, because motherlove is the strongest form of love, is forgiving and comforting, and fear is related to the opposite of motherlove. This irony shows the mother is unreasonable with discipline.
curiosity
MATCHING
FORGIVENESS
CURIOSITY
PREJUDICE
"I turn and smile for you,
...I should have sat beside you,
snugged up my big warm self up close"
"touch the eletric of my hair
your fingers dipped in the brown skin"
respect
"wondering out loud why it doesn't
come off."
QUESTION
In this poem, the Narrator is
said to be seated in front of the children, and their mother. This may
indicate that they are passed
the time of segregation.

In 1955, who resisted bus segregation and is referred as "the first lady of civil
rights"?
ROSA PARKS
CREATIVE
Reading
the bus driver insisted that she had to move. She refused to give up her seat. She was arrested and convicted of vio-
lating the laws of segregation. She appealed her conviction and thus formally challenged the laws of segregation.
On Dec, 1, 1955 Rosa Parks boarded
on a city bus from home to work. She
sat near the middle of the bus, and -
when a white man entered the bus,
baby girl, baby boy behind
me on the bus
reach out
and touch the curly electric of my hair
your fingers dipped in the
brown skin magic of my neck
to see if it comes off
your mama
slapping hands away
hush-up your questions
and wondering out loud why it doesn't come off.
I turn and smile for you,
but you're already lost
in the silence and the fear that mother
love wraps you in.
I should have sat beside you
snugged up my big warm self up close
held you while your mama juggled parcels.
then you would know it's o.k.
By: Jay Mistry,
Geoffrey VanOverbeeke, Chantal St.Germaine, &
Shaeley Barrios-Barrera
THE END
TRUE/FALSE & MATCHING
baby girl, baby boy behind me on the bus
reach out
and touch the curly electric of my hair
your fingers dipped in the
brown skin magic of my neck
to see if it comes off
your mama
slapping hands away
hush-up of your questions
and wondering out loud why it doesn't come off
I turn and smile for you,
but you're already lost
in the silence and the fear that motherlove wraps you in.
I should have sat beside you
snugged up my big warm self up close
held you while your mama juggled parcels
then you would know it's o.k.
of the Poem
CONCLUSION
Maxine Tynes was a black-African Canadian woman who wrote about her own life, social concerns during the 1980s. The centeral theme of poem is the fact we're all born with innocene until taught otherwise.

"Reach out and Touch" is a dramatic monologue in which the speaker (Maxine Tynes) describes reactions, and actions of the child, and their mother.

The poem is written in present tense, in blank verse and has no rhyme scheme. Overall, the poem uses unusual vocabulary, and shows forgivness, and acceptance.

Throughout the play, she uses irony, comparsions, and imagery to convey the centeral message of the poem. Also, we can relate back to today's world by examining the curiosity that exist in everybody. Maxine Tynes uses this poem to explain that it is "o.k." to be curious and that we should we ask, and shouldn't be limited on what we want to know.
TRUE OR FALSE
"Reach Out and Touch"
By Maxine Tynes
This poem is written with a rhyme scheme.
True or False
False
Mix and Match
"fingers dipped in the/ -
"reach out/ and touch -
-slapping hands away"
- brown skin magic of my neck"
This poem is written with great uses of imagery.
Maxine Tynes uses a unique writing style.
"your mama/ -
- the curly electric of my hair"
True
True
1. In the poem "Reach Out and Touch" the child is curious about the black woman.

2. The mother of the child is very gentle

3. The black woman tries to show the child that she isn't someone to be feared.

4. The child expects the brown skin to be under the white skin.
True
False
True
False

READING
OF THE POEM
please refer to your handout
or page 10 of the Echoes textbook
Maxine gives off a postive tone to the poem, she is calm & accepting, whlie it seems the mother is annoyed and frustrated with the curent situtation
Additional:
When does the writer
of this poem use
capitalization?
Why?
She uses capitalization in her title, and when using the pronoun "I".
She wrote this poem in free verse, which means she has no rules to follow.
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