Bully - Martin EspadaProblems at the bottom Historical Background- Maryin Espada was born in Brooklyn in 1957. He recieved a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Northeastern University. A poet who publishes regularly, Espada teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts. Poem Bully - Martin EspadaIn the school auditorium,the Theodore Roosevelt statueis nostalgicfor the Spanish-American wareach fist lonely for a saber,or the reins of anguish-eyed horses,or a podium to clatter with speechesglorying in the malaria of conquest.But now the Roosevelt schoolis pronounced Hernandez.Puerto Rico has invaded Rooseveltwith its army of Spanish-singing childrenin the hallways,brown children devouringthe stockpiles of the cafeteria,children painting Taino ancestorsthat leap naked across murals.Roosevelt is surroundedby all the faceshe ever shoved in eugenic spiteand cursed as mongrels, skin of one race,hair and cheekbones of another.Once Marines trampedfrom the newsreel of his imagination;now children plot to spray graffitiin parrot-brilliant colorsacross the Victorian mustacheand monocle.
Does historical background help you understand this poem? In what ways? Be specific.
How does Espada use imagery and how does this shift as the poem progresses?
What words jump out at you? What meaning to they impart to the poem?
What overall meanings emerge? In other words, what is the message?
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