Monthly Archives: December 2018


Part of Speech- Verb

Definition- inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on.


“The Child Bearer” by Anne Sexton

In the poem, the word is being used to when the speaker describes sending the children back with special packaging.


Part of Speech- Noun

Definition- a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury. The condition is typically caused by a hereditary lack of a coagulation factor, most often factor VIII.


“The Child Bearer” by Anne Sexton

In the poem, the speaker is using the word to describe being passed on like a genetic disease.


Part of Speech- adjective

Definition- of happy light hearted character or disposition

Source- Merriam- Webster

“I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman

In the poem on line 2, the word is used to describe the mechanic’s singing.


Part of Speech- Noun

Definition-  term used in Latin America or Spain to refer to a foreigner, especially one of U.S. or British descent (sometimes used facetiously).


Puerto Rican Obituary by Pedro Pietri

The term is used in the poem to describe his white neighbors.


Part of Speech- verb

Defintion- stare with one’s mouth open wide, typically in amazement or wonder.


Field Trip to the Museum of Human History by Franny Choi

In the poem on lines 7-8, they are staring in amazement at the artifacts in the clay at the museum.


Part Of Speech-Adjective

Definition-Subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment.

Source -Webster Dictionary

Found in ” Hair” by Elizabeth Acevedo (line 17)

This word is is used to describe how people felt about the way they were treated because of their looks.


Part of Speech-noun

Def-piety- dutifulness in religion

Source- Merriam Dictionary

Found in All American Girl line 10

This word describes what the speaker thinks of herself, and explains her insecurities.



Part of speech -noun

Def- used as an insulting term for non-white, especially for an Asian person

Source- Merriam Dictionary

Found in the poem Choi Jeong line 5

This word shows that Choi had a particular view on others and she knew what others think of her and say when they look at her.


Part of speech- noun

Def- courtesy

Source- Spanish Dictionary

Found in All American girl in line 13

This word helped translate the meaning and get a clearer understanding of Julia Alvarez.


Part of speech-noun

Def-a feeling of contempt for someone regarded as unworthy

Source- Merriam Dictionary

Found in All American girl LIne 7

This word helped me understand the speaker’s feelings better