BASIC DARK PRESENTATION
Created on January 22, 2022
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Read the poem
- Read the questions
- Answer the questions
Do a sentence
- Read the vocab.
- Do a sentence with 3 words.
- Choose a stanza.
- Analyze it.
- Write some sentences to explain what it means for you.
Write 3 sentences using Who, Which and That.
In the poem, Quique Avilès explores the idea of being bilingual and its impact on a person’s identity.
The repetition of the word “tongue” and the word “funny” underlines the confusion felt by bilingual people. There is a double meaning of the word “tongue,” which can mean the part of the body used to speak and a language.
For the poet, the language and the person are one. The lexical field of border security reminds the reader of the experiences linked with being an immigrant. The poet, who compares speaking two languages with crossing borders, reminds us of the geographical representations of the language and of the stress of switching back and forth from Spanish, his mother tongue, to English. The repetition of words related to separation, like “divided,” “cut,” “one...the other”, “through the middle,” shows that speaking two languages can be like having two identities.
The end of the poem shows that he likes his bilingualism and the dual identity that goes with it, as he repeats this affirmation: “I like my tongue / It says what feels right”