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posted Jan 19, 2011 16:11:03 by JewFro123
In the poem "I Lost My Talk" by Rita Joe, She describes "a little girl" (3) that has lost her sense of self. She has been muted by someone, possibly a teacher. She wants to reach out into the world and discover herself, but as a child someone has crippled her. She has no sense of self as pointed out in lines 6-9, “I speak like you/ I think like you/ I create like you.” Rita Joe may be trying to be revealing the molding our schools put us through. As a child we are encouraged to build our own designs out of Lego blocks, play to our rules or finger paint our own designs that get hung up on the much prized refrigerator door. As we age, and enter the facility of school, all that fades. We discover structure, our sense of self is lost, diagrams and equations are thrown at us. I believe this is the message Rita is trying to get across to the reader. To gain our “talk” back.
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goodreartires10 said Jan 19, 2011 16:33:22
You sir are a genius, just saying i agree with your statements. it seemed to me that she lost all sense of hope and there was no getting it back after that person tore them down and stepped on their soul. i agree that the schools do let us show our own creativity but at the same time i think they try and form you into something that they want you to be. which by them doing that it is in away taking away our "talk" but eventually we get our "talk" back
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Seancorc said Jan 19, 2011 16:55:35
I agree up to the point where you relate it to school. I think that the author's usage of school just serves as the facility or place where this occurred for her. It seems like this anyway, if "you" is assumed to be the people she is forced to fit in with (or the general population of the area / who she is talking to) as opposed to directly being a school board or something. Otherwise, I agree with your statements, and I think you described it pretty thoroughly.
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NatalieAldean23 said Jan 20, 2011 15:56:49
I disagree with your statement that she is mute. This poem could be interpreted many different ways but I feel this is not the right way. I feel that this girl has not literally "lost her talk". Her teacher just told her that she could not speak her native language. She can still speak but it is not the language she wants to. She just wants to tell the people about her culture. I feel that your interpretation is okay but it is not the interpretation I would have picked.
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ghostwriter500 said Jan 20, 2011 16:24:03
I also disagree with the mute statement. I think this poem was her way of telling whoever it is that's holding her back to let her go. If she was mute I don't think she would have wrote the poem. She also wouldn't have known how to tell how she felt if she was mute. Also her parents could have been the reason she felt this way. They might have been the ones forcing her to go to this school in the first place, and in that case I would say they are to blame.
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