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Ruiz Josecarlos ANTONIO RUIZ Diaz Ms. Ruiz ENGL 2342 March 10, 2011 No Homeland In two homelands Jose Martí, the author, demonstrates the pain that his heart has to bear while away from Cuba. The reader must know that about this time Cuba was going through the independence movement from the Spanish crown, and Martí makes reference to this “Like a flag inviting us to battle, the candle’s red flame flickers.”(Martí 282) He also mentions a carnation (Martí 281-282) which is in reference to Cuba, for carnations represent, according to a Christian legend, the undying love of a mother. Martí also says “Cuba, like a widow, passes by”(Martí 282) He is not in Cuba at this time and being apart from it hurts him for he longs to see his land
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Unformatted text preview: free. I believe he compares Cuba with the night, “Or are they one and the same?”(Martí 281) for it is at night, during the silence and stillness of the darkness, that his misses his land the most. No sun, retiring he says, saying that perhaps Cuba has been lost in darkness during hard times under the colonialism of the Spanish Empire. The reader must know the irony of the poem, Martí misses his land, wants it free, but when he returns to finally see Cuba free, his boy, and soul, that longed to be back, stay there forever, death found him under the independence process, and I am certain, he would have not rather die or be anywhere else. Maybe he was away from Cuba, or perhaps he never left her, his birth land, his homeland....
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