When he found one note that rang true he sang it over

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When he found one note that rang true, he sang it over and over inside. Coffee, honey. His eyes roamed the couples at other booths, their loose banter and casual clothes. But he never became them. Uncle who finally left in a bravado moment after 23 years, to live in the old country forever, to stay and never come back,
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maybe it would be peaceful now, maybe for one minute, I cannot tell you—how my heart has settled at last. But he followed us to the sidewalk saying, Take care, Take care, as if he could not stand to leave us. I cannot tell— how we felt to learn that the week he arrived, he died. Or how it is now, driving his parched streets, feeling the booth beneath us as we order, oh, anything , because if we don’t, nothing will come. 1. What do you notice about the author’s word choice in stanzas 1 and 2 compared to the rest of the poem? 2. How do the phrases “I cannot tell you—how I love this place” and “he never became them” represent a shift in the tone of the poem? 3. Read the following excerpt from the poem. How does the phrase “Immigrants had double and nothing all at once” affect the meaning and tone of the poem? 4. What examples of repetition are included within the poem? How does this repetition of these phrases impact the meaning of the poem? 5. What Tone is developed throughout the poem? 6. What cultural experience is conveyed in the poem? 7. Part A: How do stanzas 4 and 6 establish surprise in the poem? 8. Part B: Which lines from the poem support your response to Part A? a.
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