For this blog discussion, I would like you to select one of the poems we will discuss in class (either "The Mexico-Texan," "To Mexico," "Guadalupe La Chinaca," or "The Rio Grande") and choose a line that you think best encapsulates the meaning of the poem.
Explain (1) What you think "the" meaning of the poem is, (2) how that particular line comes to express or convey that meaning, and (3) why this line in particular comes to capture that meaning more than any other line.
As you write, you'll need to think about the following:
- Where does a line begin or end? Is it demarcated by its visual layout, by punctuation, or by sonic/phonic markers?
- What are the denotations and connotations of each word in the line? How do those words draw on those of other lines or on pervasive imagery/figures throughout the poem?
- Is there an identified speaker in the line? How does the presence or absence of a speaking persona inflect the line's significance?
- Does the line express an irony or tension that occurs throughout or tends to dominate the poem?