Lecturers Name: Professor Maria
Student Name: Ronke Iziogo
This is short poem about a Mexican boy showing his zeal and love for a fellow Mexican who happens to be a Mexican baseball player. The story sheds light on the role culture and ethnicity plays in the life of an individual i.e. “The boy with the black hair”; and the impact and the heroism of the baseball players in the young boy’s life. The writer tried to show readers how being an hero to a boy poor young boy can bring to life the existence of excitement. The writer Gary Soto was born in Fresno, California, in April, 1952, to working-class Mexican-American parents. He was not academically motivated as a child, but became interested in poetry during his high school years.
The first image as quoted “At eight I was brilliant with my body…” illustrates that the boy with the black hair is brilliant having describe it in a clear sentence. The second image “walk-bare footed” means He is to watch his hero “Hector Moreno” the baseball player anywhere the match venue is located. “Black Hair” represents the black hair amongst the Mexican tribe, the writers description of the poem represents a very common characteristic within "Mexican" people. Their hair color, just like Hector Moreno, is a characteristic feature among many other things that ties all Mexican people together, also the poem starts by trying to describe a masculine figure i.e. of a baseball player named Hector Moreno whom the poet obviously described as a talented baseball player. The quoted word here “in July, that ring of heat, we all jumped through, I sat in the bleachers of the roman playground in the lengthening shade that rose from our dirty feet”. Also what was meant by this quote “The ring of heating must be beaming directly on the other side of the playground” is that The word “ring of heat” shows the sun shining too much on one side of the pitch though not putting on any shoe and he was bare-footed sweating...