In this poem, Rita Joe uses a very weak vocabulary but combines it with short, blunt sentence structure to make for a powerful poem. This poem is very easy to understand, and even easier to grasp whats happening due to the author choice of using a child level vocabulary. Arguably the most challenging word in the entire piece would have to be "scrambled" or "ballad". The poem's short sentence structure, however, does make for an instant connection between the reader and the victim who "Lost my talk". The reader sees the victim begging for her "talk" through subtle anger and reasoning. As a reader I sense many feelings of anger throughout the poem, especially in line two when the author writes, "The talk you took away" and in line five when the author says, "You snatched it away". In these lines the victim confronts the person that stole her talk and basically says by stealing my voice you stole a part of me. The victim also tries to find a soft spot by trying to make a personal connection through reasoning. The victim says, "I speak like you/ I think like you/ I create like you". The writer used anger and reasoning to win the readers over and although the poem lacks a strong vocabulary, the emotional feeling make this poem successful.
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