Essay on Pat Mora

1389 Words Apr 28th, 2013 6 Pages
Pat Mora is an award-winning writer that bases most her poems on tough cultural challenges and life as a Mexican American. She was born in a Spanish speaking home in El Paso, Texas. Mora is proud to be a Hispanic writer and demonstrates how being culturally different in America is not easy. She explains this through her experiences and the experience other’s. In her poems “Elena”, “Sonrisas”, and “Fences”, Mora gives you a glimpse of what life as a Mexican American is; their hardships, trials, strength that make them who they are. In the poem Elena, Mora describes a woman who is dealing with the hardships of being a Spanish speaker in an English dominant country. The structure of the poem tells three stories: the way life was in …show more content…
In one room she hears “quiet clicks” (LI. 3) and sees “cups of black coffee” (LI. 3), that gives you a visual of workers tapping away on their keyboards with coffee in hand to get through the day. She introduces the working class individual who wears, beige suites that match their beige smiles. The first few lines of the poem are very structured and conservative compared to the second part. Mora shows that the American customs in the workplace are very reserved and straightforward. She implies there isn’t any room for a bright, vibrant culture like the one that is introduced in the second part of the poem. The second “room” Mora describes, gives you an image of women sitting around a table wearing their smiles while embracing their Mexican Culture. In the second world Mexican American’s are allowed to be loud and charismatic. Instead of the sounds of clicks and the sight of painted smiles, Mora shows a world where Mexican American’s are free to speak out loud and feel at home with each other though laughter and conversation. Their smiles share a story, and show pride of who they are and where their from. The second part of her poem shows how bright the Mexican culture stands out though its language and customs. Mora’s poem “Sonrisas” is a vision of how Mexican American’s are accustomed to two very different cultures. The way the poem is

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