Sherman Alexie Poetry Analysis

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Poetry expresses a state of mind, point of view, or draws a picture for the audience. Poetry describes situations, a person, a place or a thing. Poetry can interpret, create emotion, have hidden, indifferent, or symbolic meanings. A rhythmic pattern is typical in poetry. Poetry is part of literature and a form of language across cultures. Poetry can be dark and mysterious, or evoke wonderment and love. It can also explain the author’s frustration of a circumstance which cannot be changed, as the Sherman Alexis poem, “On an Amtrak from Boston to New York”. Sherman Alexie, a Native American activist and author, exemplifies his poem as his point of view. The speaker’s state of mind depicts resentment, prejudice and muted aggressiveness. The speaker’s…show more content…
He feels strongly about his own heritage, and the ignorance, others portray by not acknowledging his history. The division between the new world, old world and its people collide in his poem. There is no resolution to the issue, u Poetry expresses a state of mind, point of view, or draws a picture for the audience. Poetry describes situations, a person, a place or a thing. Poetry can interpret, create emotion, have hidden, indifferent, or symbolic meanings. A rhythmic pattern is typical in poetry. Poetry is part of literature and a form of language across cultures. Poetry can be dark and mysterious, or evoke wonderment and love, it can also explain the author’s frustration of a circumstance which cannot be changed. Like in Sherman Alexis poem, “on an Amtrak from Boston to New York”. Sherman Alexie, a Native American activist, and author uses his poem as his point of view. The speaker’s state of mind depicts resentment, prejudice and muted…show more content…
The speaker seems to feel caught between two worlds which is evident in most lines of the poem. The speaker seems to struggle with the fact he cannot change history or personal ideologies of the white Americans. The speaker states, “I respects elder’s / of every color” (29-30). Regardless, of the fact the elder is white or native, the speaker remains muted in silence out of respect. The women speaks of her own history as he “eats his tasteless sandwich” (31) which shows the speakers silent hostility of the situation. Another example of the speakers muted aggression is found in his words,” I do not have a cruel enough heart to break / her own by telling her there are five Walden ponds” (13-14). This is never spoken, only the speakers thoughts about the women’s lack of knowledge on history. The speaker seems to rage silently in his mind,” I could have told her. I don’t give a shit” (18) but, he never says anything aloud. The speaker keeps his opinions to himself, waiting for the next time like in the phrase, “I, as all the Indians had done” (33). His conclusion and last point of this poem states his aversion in the fact he is grouped with the White Americans, referring to them as the” enemy” (37). Which depicts the speakers state of mind as muted aggression and what he would do the next time” somebody thought I was one of

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