Yusef Komunyakaa

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Identify one specific quality of the speaker in "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa, then offer one or more quotes from the poem to support your point.

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In Yusef Komunyakaa's poem “Facing It," a quality the narrator demonstrates is, hauntingly, traumatization due to his experience in the Vietnam War. As he stands in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, he has a flashback to a harrowing experience in which a mine explodes. He tries to convince himself he is immune to the anger and trauma he feels.

I said I wouldn't, dammit: No tears.

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