Most Satisfying Role

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Pat Mora is a poet, a mother, a wife, a friend, a teacher, and woman who loves nature. She has many roles that fill her life. Much of her poetry addresses the effects that these positions have on her. Everyone in life has to balance the roles they play. Much of the time, these roles can jumble together. Throughout Pat Mora’s poetry, she stresses the importance of discovering one’s identity, one’s true role. Mora tends to explore fundamental questions such as “Who am I? Who are we?” (Overview 2). Pat Mora leads her readers through her search for identity by revealing the place her culture has in her life, her role as a woman, and her most satisfying role found in the desert. Pat Mora grew up in El Paso, Texas surrounded by numerous alluring deserts. She lived in a loving household filled with strong women. These women include her Mother, grandmother and her mother’s half sister (Overview 1). Mora possessed a love of learning form early on in her life. She went to school at Texas Western College and got a master’s from the University of Texas. She later became a teacher. It was not until after her divorce that she began to take more time for writing. Mora says that she writes because she is “curious about [herself]” (Why 1). She understands the importance of knowing one’s identity. Mora has “stared” in numerous different roles in her life. These roles sometimes pull her in countless different directions. People tend to get lost in the midst of these positions. An individual’s place, or role in life, plays a colossal part of who she is, but a person cannot come into their true self unless she find a satisfying role. Pat Mora used her poetry to delve into her soul in order to find her ultimate place in life. O... ... middle of paper ... ... by Tey Diana Rebolledo. An Interview. N. pag. DISCovering Authors. Gale, 1 Jan. 2003. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. - - -. My Own True Name. Houston: Pinata , 2000. Print. - - -. Why I am a Writer. DISCovering Authors. Gale, 2003. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. “Overview of Patricia Mora.” DISCovering Authors. Gale, 2003. Web. 7 Feb. 2011. Passman, Kristina M. “Demeter, Kore, and the Birth of the Self: The Quest for Identity in the Poetry of Alma Villanueva, Pat Mora, and Cherrie Moraga.” DISCovering Authors. N.p.: n.p., 1990. 323-42. Student Resource Center Junior. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. Pat, Mora. Chants. Houston: Arte Publico, 1985. Print. “Pat Mora.” The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature . Ed. Ilan Stavans. New York: Norton, 2011. 1849-52. Print. Wall, Catherine E. “Latino Poetry.” Critical Survey of Poetry. Ed. Philip K Jason. Vol. 8. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2003. 4829-32. Print.

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