English 1121 (Prof. Scanlan)
April 12, 2020
Poetry Explication: “Immigrant Mother (lovely to me)”
The poem “Immigrant Mother (lovely to me),” by Taiyo Na is a very long formal verse poem and it is also a song that Na wrote. In the poem “Immigrant Mother (lovely to me) by Taiyo Na, Na is thanking his mother for everything she has done for her children, he’s also understanding everything that she did when he was young. How she went through a lot to make sure that her kids had food and a good education. How she started dating horrible guys because she felt like she had nobody. It was hard for her to communicate with people since she couldn’t speak English very well. How she worked all the time and barely had any time for herself. The two lines at the beginning of the poem “It takes a whole lot to leave your homeland And raise a few children with your own hands,” show how the mother went through a lot to take care of her children. The poem terms that these two lines show are Enjambment, Assonance, Consonance, Denotation, and Connotation.
In the first line, “It takes a whole lot to leave your homeland,” Na shows the readers how his mother had to leave her native land and how it was very difficult for her to leave. In the second line, “And raise a few children with your own hands,” Na shows the readers how his mother had to take care of her children all by herself without anyone helping her out. When both lines are combined, it shows the readers how Na’s mother had to leave her native land to take care of her children and how it was very hard for her to do that since she had to do everything all by herself. In these two lines, there is an Enjambment between the words “Homeland” and “And.” Assonance and Consonance are being used. Assonance is found in the words “own,” “whole,” and “homeland.” Also in the words “Takes” and “raise.” And “homeland,” “hands,” and “And.” Consonance is found in the letter “L,” he used the words “whole,” “Lot,” “Leave,” “Homeland,” and “Children.” Also the letter “S,” he used the words “takes,” “raise,” and “hands.” And the letter “D” he uses the words “Homeland,” “Hands,” and “And.”
There are many Denotations and Connotations in these two lines. The word Homeland means a person’s Native Home, the country where someone was born. This reminds me of a loving, happy place where all their family and friends are at. The word Children means someone’s son or daughter, a person someone gave birth to. This reminds me of the responsibility that someone would need to have and how joyful and tiring it is. The word raise has many different definitions but in this poem, raise means to take care of. This reminds me of how hard and challenging it might be to take care of somebody. The word Leave means to go away. This reminds me of how sad, hard, and emotional it can be to leave.