The technique is a smart one that evokes empathy in readers Bhatt uses a

The technique is a smart one that evokes empathy in

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exactly what the poet feels when she is forced to translate her words to another language. The technique is a smart one that evokes empathy in readers. Bhatt uses a similar technique, by having a large chunk of her poem in Gujarat. It’s almost as if these words were so delicate, and so private that they were meant for her alone. 2. In 'Bilingual' the author refers to her father's wish to keep Spanish and English separate, in different places and times. How do all three authors view this idea of separating their languages? How does this make them feel as individuals? All three poets talk about separating their two languages in some way. In sestina, it was an emotional separation, with Spanish being close to her heart and English a foreign invader. In search for my tongue, Bhatt suggests that using one tongue too often causes the other to “rot”, but “(one) could not use them both together”, and in bilingual, Espaillat’s father forces the two languages to not get interconnected. However, the impact this has on each poet is different. For Alvare, while she was unsure of the language itself, she found confidence in her pride of her Spanish heritage. For Bhatt, exasperation over potentially losing her mother tongue morphed
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  • Fall '16
  • Bilingualism, Julia Alvarez, bilingual sestina, Rhina Espaillat, Sujata Bhatt, Search For My Tongue

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