Where I Come From

Topics: Poetry, Stanza, Olfaction, Tercet, Sestet, Meter / Pages: 2 (476 words) / Published: Oct 17th, 2013
Essay: Where I come from
Student: Valentin Turri

The poem is divided in two stanzas and two extra lines. The poet is an old woman that talks about her present and her old past. In the first stanza the poet starts like introducing us in the text, explaining us the meaning of ‘’people are made of places’’, this means that all we are made of memories, places where we come from, we carry with us memories of smells, places, flavors, anecdotes from where we come from. After the poet introduce us in the text she starts talking about her present, she describes a normal day in the city where she lives, She describes the city using senses. She uses olfactory when she talks about the typical smells of the city, like smell of smog or almost-not smell of tulips in the spring. She gives her opinion of the city, she says that city is like all organized, like all the people in little squares. Then she continues describing the smell of the city, she mention the smell of work, glue factory smell, chromium-plated offices. And then the normal day in the city ends with ‘’smell of subways crowded at rush hours’’, like she take the subway and she returns home. In the second stanza the poet start mentioning a phrase, ‘’Where I come from’’, now the poet is talking about her past, where she come from. She says that where she come from ‘’People carry woods in their minds, acres of pine woods’’, she comes from a forest or a country. She lived her childhood in a country, nothing to do with a city. She describes his childhood with details; she describes the old wooden farmhouses in need of paint, with yards where hens are chickens circle about, clucking aimlessly; battered schoolhouses behind witch violets grow. We could make a visual image of her childhood for how she explains the place and the atmosphere. The she end her memory in a cold

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