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Two Guitars by Victor Hernandez Cruz

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Transcript of Two Guitars by Victor Hernandez Cruz

Two Guitars
BY: VICTOR HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ Victor Hernández Cruz Born in the barrio El Guanabano in the town of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, in 1949 to Severo and Rosa Cruz His family moved to Spanish Harlem in New York City in 1954 He didn’t start learning English until two years later when his family bought a television set Although he dropped out of high school during his senior year, Cruz became a voracious reader and writer as a teenager, self-publishing his first book when he was only seventeen years old Much of Cruz's poetry addresses life on the streets and the difficulty of negotiating one's ethnic identity and cultural heritage in an often hostile country An essayist, novelist, and editor as well as a poet, Cruz remains one of the most prolific and visible spokesmen for minority literature in the United States Personification: the two guitars

Imagery: the parlor Two guitars were left in a room all alone

They sat on different corners of the parlor

In this solitude they started talking to each other

My strings are tight and full of tears

The man who plays me has no heart

I have seen it leave out of his mouth

I have seen it melt out of his eyes

It dives into the pores of the earth

When they squeeze me tight I bring

Down the angels who live off the chorus Imagery:
lyrics of a song
tears
falling to the ground angels: audience is being moved to tears the impact of music melodious- of the nature of or characterized by melody; tuneful The trios singing loosen organs

With melodious screwdrivers

Sentiment comes off the hinges

Because a song is a mountain put into

Words and landscape is the feeling that

Enters something so big in the harmony

We are always in danger of blowing up

With passion a song is compared to a mountain
symbol- how massive a song is ->its importance the feeling is compared to a landscape
symbol- appears to be endless Two guitars were left in a room all alone

They sat on different corners of the parlor

In this solitude they started talking to each other

My strings are tight and full of tears

The man who plays me has no heart

I have seen it leave out of his mouth

I have seen it melt out of his eyes

It dives into the pores of the earth

When they squeeze me tight I bring

Down the angels who live off the chorus

The trios singing loosen organs

With melodious screwdrivers

Sentiment comes off the hinges

Because a song is a mountain put into

Words and landscape is the feeling that

Enters something so big in the harmony

We are always in danger of blowing up

With passion

The other guitar:

In 1944 New York

When the Trio Los Panchos started

With Mexican & Puerto Rican birds

I am the one that one of them held

Tight like a woman

Their throats gardenia gardens

An airport for dreams

I've been in theaters and cabarets

I played in an apartment on 102nd street

After a baptism pregnant with women

The men flirted and were offered

Chicken soup

Echoes came out of hallways as if from caves

Someone is opening the door now

The two guitars hushed and there was a

Resonance in the air like what is left by

The last chord of a bolero. Annotations The other guitar:

In 1944 New York

When the Trio Los Panchos started

With Mexican & Puerto Rican birds

I am the one that one of them held

Tight like a woman

Their throats gardenia gardens

An airport for dreams I've been in theaters and cabarets

I played in an apartment on 102nd street

After a baptism pregnant with women

The men flirted and were offered

Chicken soup

Echoes came out of hallways as if from caves

Someone is opening the door now

The two guitars hushed and there was a

Resonance in the air like what is left by

The last chord of a bolero. brings everything together Trio Los Panchos-Los Panchos first met in 1944 in New York City. The three original members were Alfredo Gil and Chucho Navarro, both from Mexico, and Hernándo Avilés from Puerto Rico.
Los Panchos reached fame with their romantic songs, especially in Latin America where they are still regarded as one of the top trios of all time. They sold millions of records within a few years of being founded. gardenias-flowers
the songs are beautiful airport-airplanes
the skies the limit theater- a building, part of a building, or outdoor area for housing dramatic presentations, stage entertainments, or motion-picture shows
cabaret- a restaurant providing food, drink, music, a dance floor, and often a floor show homonym: pregnant means to be with child or to be filled Imagery bolero- is a genre of slow-tempo Latin music and its associated dance. There are Spanish and Cuban forms which are both significant and which have separate origins SOAPSTone Speaker: Two speakers- two guitars

Occasion: Two guitars conversing in post-1944 New York
Audience: Each other->conversation between the two guitars.
Purpose: To show how these two guitars represent life
Subject: The lives of the two guitars

Tone: Reminiscence and sentimental Final Theme Reason For Choosing This Poem The reason I chose this was because it reminded me of the times when my maternal great-grandmother would reminisce with my paternal great-grandfather about their lives in Mexico. Dramatic Read! These two guitars represent life: The two guitars are two old men reflecting on their lives and memories. But it also means that the first guitar represents its owner and the second guitar represents the culture and history of New York. Reality Check: the guitars realize they are not living their glory days and have to face reality.
like the last chord of a bolero, the memories are whats left Tonal Shift Tonal Shift Tonal Shift Tonal Shift
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