La Migra is a poem about two children a girl and a boy, who are playing a game about Mexicans crossing the American border. This poem is divided in two stanzas, because it expresses two different points of view; the girls point of view that is pretty much as the point of view an Hispanic or any immigrant would have, and the boys point of view that would be the point of view a racist border patrol or just anyone racist would have. Change in the point of view of the two children implies realism into the poem La Migra. The main point of this poem is to remind the reader about human feelings, and remind the reader about illegal immigration into the United States. Pat Mora uses Image, blank verse, and anaphora to develop her theme of immigration in La Migra.
Image is one of the literally devices used in this poem. Examples of the usage of image in this poem is when the boy in the first stanza says, “let’s play La Migra I’ll be the Border Patrol. You be the Mexican maid. I get the badge and Sunglasses. You can hide and run, but you can’t get away because I have a jeep. I can take you wherever I want, but don’t ask questions because I don’t speak Spanish. I can touch you wherever I want but don’t complain too much because I’ve got boots and kick – if I have to, and I have handcuffs. Oh and a gun”. That leads the reader to know the kid is imagining he is a border patrol, and he was all the privileges a border patrol has, like a gun, sunglasses, a jeep, boots, handcuffs, and he is also imagining he has the right to do whatever he wants to the “Mexican maid”. The girl in the second stanza says, “Let’s play La Migra you be the border patrol. I’ll be the Mexican woman. Your jeep has a flat, and you have been spotted by the sun. All ...
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...nt but don’t complain too much because I’ve got boots and kick- if I have to and I have handcuffs”. The repetition of the same word at the beginning of a line causes anaphora to develop and anaphora is in this case is caused because when the boy says “I can’t take you wherever I want” and “I can touch you wherever I want” in the beginning of the lines 8 and 12.
Pat Mora used blank verse, anaphora, and image in La Migra to develop her poem. She used image to transport the readers mind, and let the reader know the kids were just playing. Blank verse was most used in this pem to make the poem seem as an everyday conversation, and to make the reader refection— To create emphasis in La Migra, Pat Mora used anaphora. Image, blank verse, and anaphora was used by Pat Mora to develop her theme about immigration and cause the reader imagine, reflection—and to create emphasis.
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