i need detailed explanation of "The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee." its a poem by N.Scott Momaday
To understand a poem, the reader must first look to the poet. N. Scott Momaday, a Kiowa Indian writer, interjects into his work the culture of his ancestors. He spent his childhood on reservations throughout the Southwest; thus, his poems illustrate the oral tradition of the Native American, who spoke, chanted, danced, and sang their poetry. Momaday's writing techniques include simplicity of word choice, repetition of key lines, and dependence on figurative language.
In the poem, "The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee," an understanding of the Kiowa words is necessary. Momaday's Indian name is Tsoai-talee which translates to Rock Tree Boy. This name was given to him in commemoration of being taken as a child to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, a 865 foot volcanic butte that is sacred to the Kiowa people. Tsen-tainte, the other Kiowa name, refers to White Horse, a Kiowa chief during the second half of the nineteenth century noted for his daring. As an apprentice warrior,...
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