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Making a Fist

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cameron gray

on 30 January 2014

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Transcript of Making a Fist

Making a Fist
A poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

A little girl is feeling sick while traveling with her mother. They have been traveling for a while and she is possibly home sick.

At first the title seems like it is about a fight and seems angry.
Connotation, Attitude (t) and Tone (v).
The peom uses metaphors, and symbolism
"My stomach was a melon split wide in my skin."

Both the attitude and tone of this poem are very dark and thought provoking. It talks about the uncertainty of death and the feeling of not knowing if you're truly alive or dead.
Climax and shifts (v)
The climax is when the child asks the mother if they are going to die and the mother replies with "When you can no longer make a fist."

The biggest shift is the transition in between part 2 and part 3. It changes from describing the events in present tense, to describing them later in life.

Antecedent (Vendler) and Title (TP-CASTT)
Meaning (v), theme (t), and imagination (v)
The meaning of this poem is about the uncertainty of life and the inevitability of death. The theme is also about the questions we all have about life and death.

The poem really leaves you thinking about death and not knowing when it could come.

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