Name: Course: Instructor: Date: Comparative Analysis: Martin Espada’s poem “Bully” and Judith Ortiz Cofer’s poem “Latin Women Pray” Introduction The poem “Bully” by Martin Espada is filled with an intricate usage of irony and symbolism stemming from its title, which gives a rough description of the contents…
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On the other hand, the poem “Latin women pray” written by Judith Ortiz Cofer, is another example of an irony-ridden poem. The poem’s title symbolically portrays the deep religious heritage of Latin women and is a description of the contents of the poem just as was amplified by Espada’s title. Just like her counterpart, Ortiz has Latino origins and her works can be classified as pieces of activism not only for political, but for social change. Thesis statement The two poems by Ortiz and Espada are viewed as discussing on fundamentally different issues, but a closer interrogation depicts several similarities in terms of literally skills employed and the deeper objective. The two poems focus on the negative effects and changes inflicted to the Latino society by American retrogressive dominance over some of the nations. The messages are passed through the imaginative use of the bully and on the other hand by the unanswered prayers of Latino women. Comparative Analysis of the two poems The “bully” is setup in a school that is predominantly attended by Latino student and it nears the statue of Theodore Roosevelt. In the first four lines the poet says, “In the school auditorium, the Theodore Roosevelt statue is nostalgic for the Spanish-American war…” (Lines, 1-4). ...
The poem “Latin women pray” on the other hand, opens with the description of the activities pursued by Latin women. “…In incense sweet churches…They pray in Spanish to an Anglo God…with a Jewish heritage…” (Lines, 1-4). The first four lines are a description of the deep religious culture observed by Latino women. The setting of the poem is in a Latin community that has several churches used as the places of worship by Latino women. The sweet incense burnt in churches represents the purity and sanctity of the church. However, the poet distances herself from the culture by the use of the third person “they” symbolically to criticize some of the religious practices. There is an irony in the comparison of the God worshiped by the Latino women as having a Jewish Heritage. The church is used as a symbol of the religion of Latino women just like the Roosevelt statue is a symbol for the war waged by Americans against the Spanish. The introduction of Theodore Roosevelt in the second line of the poem is significant to the title of the poem. The poet’s intention is for readers to assign a role to him as either a bully or the one being bullied. However, the two options are farfetched as it is clear Roosevelt was the bully and this draws on reader’s knowledge of American history. This compares well to the poem by Ortiz where the introduction of the churches and their sweet incense is a direct reflection of the religious history of Latinos who were predominantly Catholics. The two poems employ the use of historical events to relate to the present day. Practices used in the past have a bearing and deeper reflection on the activities
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