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Hello this is Abrar and today we are doing a Commentary on a Poem by George Ela lyon

The poem “Where I’m from” by George Ella Lyon, tell us about the most memorable and personal things in Lyon’s life. She talks about things that were found in her house when she was small, saying’s by her parents and friends, names of dishes that recall of family gatherings, names of places she has lived in or visited and a lot of other things that gives the reader clues about what represents her as a human being.

Poem (Where I’m from)

I am from clothespins, from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening, it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush the Dutch elm
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All stanzas have the same amount of line because it made the poem easier to read and it gave it a sense of completeness about all of my memories form Africa. Aside from giving attentions to the poem’s stanzas and lines, I also carefully decided to put rhyme in the poem. In particular, I chose to use slant rhyme. Words that show slant rhyme are “one” and “honey bun” from lines 1 and 2. The usage slant rhymes allowed me to catch the reader’s attention and to show how I would always eat “honey buns” during the sunny days in Africa because the line before that states “The days were as hot as ten thousand suns in one”.

I also included some language in the poem. I used repetitions through the poem. The main sentence I repeated was “Oh, what a sunny day it was”. The reappearance of this sentence helps me remind the reader that the days in Africa were always very hot. The exhausting hot weather of Africa is one of the many things’ I will remember for the rest of my life. I repeated it at the end of every stanza, so the reader would still remember the fact about the hot weather if he got off track reading the other things I said in the stanza.

To give the reader a better picture of my ideas, I used words that reach out to our different bodily senses. For example, the sentence “The desert seemed like an outback of melting custard” helps us see the desert like atmosphere in Sudan in a better way. These words help the
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