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Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Quinceañera”1.What items and actions are associated with the speaker’s new life? What items are put away?In this Spanish tradition, as expressed in the poem, a Quinceañera must now put away her dolls as if they were dead children. These dolls will be passed down to her children. The speaker or protagonist will wear a slip under her outfit to represent maturity, and display the “nape” of her neck due to her tight hair-do. From this day forward, she must wash her own clothes, and garments, because she has matured, and crossed over into womanhood, or how I like to phrase it, a young lady. 2.What is the speaker waiting to release in the final two lines?The speaker is inferring to let loose to the world. She is waiting to release herself to the world, once she has completely matured into a (young) woman. Every day she is growing, as her body, and hormones change.3.If the poem’s title were changed to “Fifteen-Year-Old Girl,” what would the poem lose in meaning?If the poem’s title were changed to “Fifteen-Year-Old Girl,” the poem would lose the instant relation to the Spanish cultural tradition of the American version of a Sweet Sixteen.
November 12th, 2013 Yennifer Nunez ENGL 165W.20 Chapter 16: Poetry in SpanishSor Juana, “Presente en que el Cariño Hace Regalo la Llaneza,”1.How would you relate the title to the content of the poem?The title of the poem is relatable to the poem itself. The speaker is exemplifying how the gesture of giving someone a gift with love, is more valuable than the gift itself; even if it is simply roses. 2.Why does the speaker reject a gift of roses? Why does she fear that her gift may be rejected by its recipient?The speaker fears that her gift may be rejected, because they may not fulfill the recipient’s taste. 3.How does the chestnut function as a metaphor? What does the thorny husk seem to represent? What does the chestnut represent?The chestnut functions as a metaphor because the chestnut is set to represent affection, or love. While the thorny husk represents the person, more specifically the poor person, that can only give affection, or love. Pablo Neruda, “Muchos Somos,”1.In line 26, Reid translates Neruda’s phrase “me quedo envidiando al jinete” as “I goggle at the cowboys.” What does Reid gain or lose with that version? (In Spanish, jinetemeans horsemanor riderbut not specifically cowboy, which is vaqueroor even-thanks to Hollywood—cowboy.) Neruda once told Reid, “Alastair, don’t just translate my poems. I want you to improve the.” Is this line an improvement?By translating the word “jinete” to “cowboy” in English, Reid was successful in painting a picture for the reader.