"Green Chile" Explication

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The chile pepper is a vegetable that has been a part of Americas history. Chile peppers haave been a part of the human's diet for as long as 7500BC. Chiles are used in many Mexican and South American cuisines as whole peppers and also grinded into spaces. In Jimmy Santiago Baca's poem "Green Chile," he refers to green chiles to represent his memories of home. Jimmy Santiago Baca is a mix of Chicano and Apache origins. At the age of two, both of Baca's parents abandoned him (Poets.org). After he was abandoned by his parents, he lived with his grandparents until he was thirteen. It was during this time with his grandmother that inspires the story in "Green Chile." When Baca was 21, he was convicted of drug possession and was incarcerated. It …show more content…
"with an air of festive welcome" (7). The chiles that decorate the door creates an welcoming atmosphere. The second stanza consist of three lines, much less than the rest of the stanzas. Baca uses personification to give the green chile human like attributes. "I can hear them talking in the wind,... tongues of old men, licking the breeze" (8-10). The tongues of men represents the chile since they are similar shape. In the beginning of the third stanza, line 11 is the only line Baca uses indentation. This puts an emphasis on the fact that his grandmother loves green chile, the opposite of what Baca likes. "From its swan-neck stem, tapering to a flowery collar, fermenting resinous spice" (17-18). Baca uses metaphoric language to describe the qualities of chiles. "A well-dressed gentleman at the door my grandmother takes sensuously in her hand" (19-20). More metaphoric language that creates an lively image of an human that represents an youthful green chile. "she thrusts her blade into and cuts it open, with lust on her hot mouth" (27-29). Baca creates more images of his grandmother preparing the green chile to eat. Baca likes to give vivid details while creating images so that the reader can understand exactly what is occuring. "I slurp from my plate with last bit of tortilla, my mouth burns and I hiss and drink a tall glass of cold water" (36-38). Baca use onomatopoeias, slurp and hiss, to emphasize the feeling of eating a well prepared meal.

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