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In the poem "Same Song" by Pat Mora, what theme, or message, do you think the poem...

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cheyennebell11 | eNotes Newbie

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In the poem "Same Song" by Pat Mora, what theme, or message, do you think the poem conveys? Is that message true only for young people? Explain.

"Same Song"  by Pat Mora

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 4, 2011 at 7:05 AM (Answer #1)

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This poem applies to adults as well as children. It is about superficial beauty. Depending on the society, certain physical features are accepted (endorsed and ‘passively’ accepted) as beautiful. Typically, these are things like symmetry and athletic or curvaceous (females) body types. And although beauty is subjective, there are clearly certain types of beauty that dominate because media, artists and advertisers endorse iconic images that many passively accept as “essential” or the best idea of beauty.

The “same song” means that both of his children have been affected by this anxiety of living up to society’s “majority rule” of physical beauty. It is also a "same song," because this is a recurring historical situation. Both children “frown” despite their best efforts. The images of beauty that bombard us (via media, art, internet, etc.) are impossible to live up to. This is certainly true in the age of air brushing and Photo Shop, but it has always been the case, especially with external beauty, that people go to great lengths to live up to these impossible standards. The pursuit of external beauty is bound to affect the child or the adult psychologically unless he/she can accept the superficiality of it all.

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