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I Lost My Talk

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mariam baalbaki

on 18 September 2014

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Transcript of I Lost My Talk

I Lost My Talk
Paraphrase
I lost my talk
The talk you took away.
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school.

You snatched it away:
I speak like you
I think like you
I create like you
The scrambled ballad, about my word.


Paraphrase
Residential Schools Before & After
I Lost My Talk
I lost my talk
The talk you took away.
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school.

You snatched it away:
I speak like you
I think like you
I create like you
The scrambled ballad, about my word.


By: Rita Joe
*Born in Whycocomagh, March.15/1932

*Orphaned at the age of ten

*Attended an Indian Residential School

*Passed away March.20/2007
Who is Rita Joe?

Two ways I talk
Both ways I say,
Your way is more powerful.

So gently I offer my hand and ask,
Let me find my talk
So I can teach you about me.
Her heritage, language, culture and what defines who she is as an indian was taken from her.Just when she started attending a residential school called Shubenacadie Where she'd been taught one way and that way only, which was to forget her mother-tongue and practice the language, culture, and traditions of the Europeans.
The Europeans took her identity and freedom making her act, speak, and think like them. Her native tongue isn't lost yet but pushed aside.
Two ways I talk
Both ways I say,
Your way is more powerful.

So gently I offer my hand and ask,
Let me find my talk
So I can teach you about me.
She knows two languages and also two cultures but the one taught at her school is more powerful because it is enforced everywhere
The tone used conveys that there is no hatred towards her aggressors and that she just wants to show the world who she really is.
Poetic Devices
Repetition:"I speak like you/ I think like you/
I create like you"
Parallelism

Repetition

Similie
I speak like you
I think like you
I create like you
Metaphor & Theme
-"The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it".
-Chief Joseph
-I lost My Talk
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