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My Father is a Simple Man
Transcript of My Father is a Simple Man
Salinas dropped out of college and supported his writing through most of his life by doing various jobs.
a leading Chicano poet who published a number of well-received collections of poetry, including the Crazy Gypsy, which has been described as "a classic of contemporary and Chicano poetry". Rythm and Rhyme: No rythm or rhyme in this poem,
therefore this a a narrative. My Father Is a Simple Man By; Luis Omar Salinas I walk to town with my father
to buy a newspaper. He walks slower
than I do so I must slow up.
The street is filled with children.
We argue about the price
of pomegranates, I convince
him it is the fruit of scholars.
He has taken me on this journey
and it's been lifelong.
He's sure I'll be healthy
so long as I eat more oranges,
and tells me the orange
has seeds and so is perpetual;
and we too will come back
like the orange trees.
I ask him what he thinks
about death and he says
he will gladly face it when
it comes but won't jump
out in front of a car.
I'd gladly give my life
for this man with a sixth
grade education, whose kindness
and patience are true . . .
The truth of it is, he's the scholar,
and when the bitter-hard reality
comes at me like a punishing
evil stranger, I can always
remember that here was a man
who was a worker and provider,
who learned the simple facts
in life and lived by them,
who held no pretense.
And when he leaves without
benefit of fanfare or applause
I shall have learned what little
there is about greatness. Biographical Facts By; Kassidy Bellew <3 Diction analysis Fanfare - A spectacular public display.
Scholar - A learned person or a specialist in a given branch of knowledge.
Perpetual - Lasting for eternity.
Pretence - The act of pretending; a false appearance or action intended to deceive.
Bitter-hard - shocking, cold or unusual. Figurtive Language: He's sure I'll be healthyso long as I eat more oranges...
...and we too will come back like the orange trees.
The truth of it is, he's the scholar,and when the bitter-hard reality comes at me like a punishing evil stranger,
Significance: Title:it talks about a journey with his father about a simple life so he called it My Father is a Simple Man.
Theme: a journey a father takes with his son teaching him about life then he dies.
Speaker and Tone:its was wrote in the diction of a 6th grader.
Importance: that his father has lived a good simple life and he teches his son to before he dies.