Absolutism In 'Voice Of Liberation' By Richard Rodriguez

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Most noteworthy about Martinez's language is its absolutism: "you will have to" begins a great many lines. She envisions a prosperous future, as indicated by words like "purple" and "coppery" and "honey." As she sees it, these youths will have no choice but to take up where their parents' generation left off. The poet recognizes that the task of reconstruction will be far from easy: "cliffs of terror" must be eroded; schools built in the selvas, new factories and cooperatives established. In addition to expressing outrage, Salvadoran women write poetry of reconciliation: extolling the role of memory and witness in their daily experience, mourning the loss of innocence and illusion but asserting their will to survive, articulating their commitment

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