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Praise Song For My Mother

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Paula Quintana

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Praise Song For My Mother

Praise Song For My Mother You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming

You were
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling

You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming

You were
the fishes red gill to me
the flame tree's spread to me
the crab's leg/the fried plantain smell . replenishing replenishing

Go to your wide futures, you said Praise Song: Cool Facts!
The use of the plural "futures" Cool Fact #1 Future≠Futures Cool Fact #2 Cool Fact #3 The shape of each stanza 'grows' You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming

You were
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling

You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming

You were
the fishes red gill to me
the flame tree's spread to me
the crab's leg/the fried plantain smell . replenishing replenishing

Go to your wide futures, you said Verb tenses! Simple past:
"were"

Present participles:
"fathoming", "mantling",
"streaming", "replenishing" Cool Fact #5 Cool Fact #4 Cool Fact #6 You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming

You were
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling

You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming

You were
the fishes red gill to me
the flame tree's spread to me
the crab's leg/the fried plantain smell . replenishing replenishing

Go to your wide futures, you said A
B
C ABC rhyming scheme We hope you feel this way now! Punctuation No punctuation
1 Comma Moon Sunrise Colour Imagery Water You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming Human necessity

Power of 3 Power of 3 Adjectives are grouped in threes

Use of "and" instead of a comma Your turn! You were
the fishes red gill to me
the flame tree's spread to me
the crab's leg/the fried plantain smell . replenishing replenishing Indentation of last line of the fourth stanza; irregular Metaphors Force of love pulling the two together

Constantly watching over her You were
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming Mother is there everyday without exception; like the sun

'warm and streaming'- comforting love, fills her entire life with light ''red fishes' gill''
''flame tree's spread'' connotation of the color red
necessity placed next to love Use of natural imagery "water, moon, sunrise, trees..." What do you think a
praise song is? You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming

You were
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling

You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming

You were
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling

You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming

You were
the fishes red gill to me
the flame tree's spread to me
the crab's leg/the fried plantain smell . replenishing replenishing

Go to your wide futures, you said You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming

You were
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling

You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming

You were
the fishes red gill to me
the flame tree's spread to me
the crab's leg/the fried plantain smell . replenishing replenishing

Go to your wide futures, you said Caribbean Semantic Field
Direct Address
Repetition
Capitalization African traditional form of poetry
Caribbean- songs and poems intermingle
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