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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