Essay about Migration, by Rosa Alcala

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Now, in modern times, affairs seem to be a natural phenomenon of daily life. They are popularly seen in movies, novelas—soap operas and also expressed through literature. Although they are conventionally characterized as passionate and exciting, they can also catalyze a lot of thought and uncertainty for the individuals involved. “Migration” written by Rosa Alcala is a poem that takes a different approach in describing what an affair is. In her poem she rather focuses on describing the stressful cognitive affects that occur as a result of being involved in an affair. Through figures of speech, persona and images the author is able to establishes the feeling of the poem as cautious uncertainty. To ease the reader into the tone of the …show more content…
Furthermore, a final figure a speech that should be noticed is the tittle of the poem. The word “Migration”, in this context, suggests that the affair can head to a new direction and possibly have a future, if the persona decides to overcome her cautious uncertainty.
A second important tool that Alcala employs is persona, which is crucial to understanding the cautious uncertainty tone created by the secret affair. The persona is established in the poem by describing her thought process as she attempts to resolve her affair. Alcala commences as she writes, “Our chests idle/their tired patrol” (14). Here the word “Patrol” suggests that the persona in the poem has been very cautious in keeping her affair a secret. The idea of that she may get caught makes the persona express herself with a cautious uncertain tone. Moreover, the Alcala reestablishes a the tone as she writes, “Which direction to take:/forward or forfeit?”(15). The fact that she uses the words, “forward” and “forfeit” signifies that she is at a point in her affair in which she has to make the decision of what to do with her affair. The persona seems to have difficulties in deciding which direction to take the secret affair—whether to continue or give up. Through these lines the author reaffirms the tone of uncertainty.
Alcala also utilizes images to appeal to the five senses in order to engage the reader with greater depth into the cautious uncertain feeling of the

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