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TP-CASTT on Identity

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Transcript of TP-CASTT on Identity

Shifts
Attitude/Tone
Paraphrase
Let everyone do similar things
Always taken care of
but unable to accomplish anything because they are trapped

I’d rather be different and not accepted
free and different
adventurous, but with the ability to fail

I want to earn my place
to be able to live life to its fullest
and see everything
I want to experience something extraordinary
and have it be what drives my life forward
to new and unexpected places

I’d rather be forgotten
or hated
than to be like everyone else
living in one boring place
loved for, cared for, and destroyed
by the evil of others

I’d rather be like myself
than try to hide who I am
If I was the only one who was different
I’d rather be different

Title Prediction
By: Anthony DiMaiuta
The title “Identity”, portrays the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. I can predict that the poem is about being yourself. The poem can assure you to never change and as long as you stay true to yourself, everything will work out. I can also infer that Julio Noboa related this to his life. Parents that came from nothing and now being a first generation American was tough. He had to keep his culture and not change himself for the other people who did not follow his beliefs.


Connotations
Let them be as
flowers,
always watered, fed, guarded, admired,
but
harnessed to a pot of dirt.
[SIGHT]

I'd rather
be a
tall, ugly weed,
clinging on cliffs
, like an eagle
wind-wavering
above
high, jagged rocks.
[SIGHT]

To have broken through the surface of stone,
to live, to feel exposed to the madness
of the vast, eternal sky.
To be swayed by the breezes of an ancient sea,
carrying my
soul, my seed,
beyond the mountains of time or into the abyss of the bizarre.

I'd rather
be unseen, and if
then shunned by everyone,
than to be a pleasant-smelling flower,
growing in clusters in the fertile valley,
[SIGHT]
where they're praised, handled, and plucked
by greedy,
human hands.

I'd rather
smell of musty, green stench
than of sweet, fragrant lilac.
[SMELL]
If I could stand alone, strong and free,
I'd rather
be a tall, ugly
weed.
By: Anthony DiMaiuta, Jonathan Yuen, Amanda Melchiorri, Caleb Lunsford, Liam Kastell, and Sarah Fradkin
TP-CASTT on "Identity" by Julio Noboa
Unknown Vocabulary
Harnessed: (verb) to bring under conditions for effective use; gain control over for a particular end:
Jagged: (adj.) having a harsh, rough, or uneven quality.
Abyss: (noun) anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite.
Bizarre: (adj) markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd:

“I’d rather be”(Lines 4, 13, & 22) & “I’d Rather”(Line 19) repeats = Proud & individuality. This is because he states on many occasions that he would be proud to be ugly as long as he had good character, like the weed. This can also be supported by the last two lines: ” If I could stand alone, strong and free, I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed”(lines 21-22) because it can also show how determined he is in his statements by closing strongly about his individuality.


“To have broken through the surface of stone”(Line 7) can also show determination to be an individual because he is using all his might to break through the “stone” which can mean him breaking through hardships and to be strong.



“Harnessed”(Line 3), “Plucked”(line 17), & “Greedy”(Line 18) show his disappointment about conformity. This is because Julio shows that being a flower is disappointing multiple times. This can be shown in the first three lines,”Let them be as flowers, always watered, fed, guarded, admired, but harnessed to a pot of dirt” . This Proves that he is upset at the “flowers” who spend their entire lives being pampered.


The tone transitions between strong determination of individuality and disappointment at conformity, but i believe that the determination tone is more prevalent.


The title of the poem, “Identity”, extends on the the definition of identity itself. The definition of identity is the qualities that make a particular person or group different from others. The poem explains that the speaker would rather be free and ugly, than be beautiful and restrained. As expressed in the poem, an ugly weed represents an adventurous and free life. On the other hand, the flower represents a restricted life.

Simile
Metaphor
Alliteration (sound element)
Imagery
Symbolism
Repetition (sound element)
Symbolism:
Being a “weed” means to be different and live a carefree, adventurous life.

Being a “flower” means to live a luxurious, pampered life with no true meaning.

Free verse (No meter)

THEME

What does the poem teach the reader about life?

Individuality
The theme teaches the reader about being an individual is better than being a coherent part of society. This is shown multiple times in the article, but one of most prominent times is when the Julio states,”I'd rather be unseen, and if then shunned by everyone, than to be a pleasant-smelling flower,[...] where they're praised, handled, and plucked by greedy, human hands”(Lines 13-15 & 17-18). The quote shows that being an individual, in Julio’s eyes, is better than being normal and to “go with the flow” like the rest of society. It also proves that Julio is trying to show the reader that he would rather be ugly and unseen to be an happy individual instead of being dreadfully part of a group. The sacrifices he makes to be an individual also show courage, which is an underlying theme of the poem as well.
Works Cited
Poet-to-Text Connection
Julio Noboa moved from the Bronx, New York to Chicago as a child. Because of the move, Julio could have experienced feeling like an outsider. The poem was also written when Noboa was in the 8th grade. During adolescence, many kids struggle when trying to find out who they really are. This is probably what Julio Noboa was feeling when this poem was written. This could have inspired him to write the poem because he could have felt that he likes being different, even if not many others accept that.


Time Period & Setting- Anthony DiMaiuta and Jon Yuen
Noboa wrote “Identity” in about 1963 when he was in eighth grade. During this time, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech by Martin Luther King may have influenced Noboa to write this poem due to the topic about civil rights and equality. Staying true to yourself and doing what you believe in, were messages that were portrayed by both men. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self evident; that all men are created equal” (King Speech). Noboa was born and grew up in the Bronx, New York City. This could have influenced him because he was not wealthy, did not have the same clothes as the other kids, and he had a different cultural background. He would rather be himself and keep these characteristics and morals than to change into something he is not.



Braunstein, Sumner, et al. “Identity.” Prentice Hall Literature Silver. Ed. Roger Babusci. Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989. 596. Print.

Identity by Julio Noboa Polanco. Prod. Sam Fathallah. Identity by Julio Noboa Polanco. Youtube, 6 Nov. 2009. Web. 28 May 2015.

Stacie. Just Be YOURSELF Nobody Can Do It Better. Digital image. Hmm Wellness. N.p., 7 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 May 2015.<http://hmmwellness.com/daily-moodlifter/>

“Turn disappointment into determination”. Photo. Etsy inc., 2015. Etsy. 26 may 2015.
<https://www.etsy.com/listing/222339689/turn-disappointment-into-determination>


“Weed Growing in asphalt road crack”. Photo. Dreamstime, 2000-2015. Dreamstime. 26 May 2015. <http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-weed-growing-asphalt-road-crack-small-green-plant-up-determination-image44289418>
Let them be as flowers
,
always watered
,
fed
,
guarded
,
admired
,
but
harnessed to a pot of dirt
.
---------------------------------------------------------
I'd
rather
be a tall
,
ugly weed
,
clinging on cliffs
,
like an eagle
wind-wavering above high
,
jagged rocks
.
---------------------------------------------------------
To have broken through the surface of stone
,
to live
,
to feel exposed to the madness
of the vast
,
eternal sky
.
To be swayed by the breezes of an ancient sea
,
carrying my soul
,
my seed
,
beyond the mountains of time or into the abyss of the bizarre
.
---------------------------------------------------------
I'd
rather
be unseen
,
and
if
then shunned by everyone
,
than
to be a pleasant-smelling flower
,
growing in clusters in the fertile valley
,
where they're praised
,
handled
,
and plucked
by greedy
,
human hands.
---------------------------------------------------------
I'd
rather
smell of musty
,
green stench
than
of sweet
,
fragrant lilac
.
If
I could stand alone
,
strong and free
,
I'd
rather
be a tall
,
ugly weed
.

Shifts include: Comparing and Contrasting, Stanza Division, and Keywords such as but, rather, if, and than.

Courage

While the main theme is individuality, another underlying theme is courage. It takes large amounts of courage to stand up for who you are. “I'd rather be unseen, and if then shunned by everyone...” (Julio Noboa 13-14). The poem also states, “clinging on cliffs, like an eagle wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks,” (Julio Noboa 5-6). This simile shows that he has the courage to take risks and try new things. Julio Noboa sets up individuality and courage hand in hand to show that it takes courage to show our individuality.
Alice In Wonderland Clip: Conforming to Society
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