Poetic Voice in "Mexicans Begin Jogging"
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This paper analyzes the tone, use of irony, self-reflection and ambiguity in Gary Soot's poem "Mexicans Begin Jogging." The paper shows how his poetic voice, while calling attention to the experiences of the subject/speaker, subtly indicates the false assumptions of the white people in the poem.
From the Paper:"An essential part of what distinguishes the voice in poetry from the voice as used in other kinds of writing is the way in which the poetic voice embraces an element of watchfulness or attentiveness, as it listens keenly to what it is saying and incorporates that sense of listening within its utterance. Poetic voice embodies the postmodern admission that observation changes that which is observed, and that the action is never without its effect on the actor. Irony, a subtle way of expressing contradiction or tension between two disparate elements, is a difficult but meaningful way to use the poetic voice. With the use of irony, poets often insinuate a relationship with the reader that is more intimate than a declarative or non-ironic poem can. Ambiguity, also, tells the reader that the poem is not meant solely for them, but also has a purpose in the poet's life and mind. Gary Soto's poem presents an ambiguous narrative of a brief moment in his own life, crossing the Mexican border with the US. The ambiguities and ironies of his diction and his setting demonstrate his own attentiveness to his poem."
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