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Immigrant Blues

Immigrant Blues


by Li-Young Lee

Immigrant Blues: This would be easier to understand if my native tongue was poetry Quiz

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Q. What is the speaker trying to give a title to?

The conversation he had with his lover
The immigrant experience
His poem
His son's life
Q. For how long does the man want his son to practice a second language?

At least four years in college
Until he no longer remembers his first language
Until no one can tell he's an immigrant
Until he can feel it inside him
Q. Why does the speaker question his father's understanding of inside and outside?

His father was spared nothing, even though he knew a second language
His father never seemed to have a heart
His father was uneducated
The words for inside and outside are different in his first language
Q. Who understands inside and outside the best?

The speaker
The speaker's son
The speaker's lover
The speaker's father
Q. What does Lee use to give structure to the poem?

A strict meter
Formal tone