Pat Mora Questions and Answers

Pat Mora

Pat Mora’s poem “Ode to Teachers” appeared in a 2010 collection entitled Dizzy in Your Eyes. This simple, gentle poem is written in the first person and expresses a long-lasting appreciation for a...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 1:28 am (UTC)

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In the poem "Immigrants," Pat Mora uses iconic American symbols to show the longing for inclusion felt among immigrants. Wrapped in American flags, immigrant parents in this poem feed their babies...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 1:02 am (UTC)

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Pat Mora’s “Prayer to the Saints” is the first poem in a collection entitled Aunt Carmen’s Book of Practical Saints. The first-person speaker of this poem opens by telling us that when she turned...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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Pat Mora examines the themes of physical perfection, beauty, angst, imperfection, and superficiality throughout the poem "Same Song." In the first stanza, Mora portrays how her twelve-year-old...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2017, 10:41 am (UTC)

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Mora's poem explores themes of fear of the unknown, sympathy fatigue, cultural appropriation, and so-called "poverty tourism." The speaker, part of a group of Westerners visiting Peru, has...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2018, 3:12 pm (UTC)

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[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please post them separately.] Pat Mora's poem, "La Migra," is a poem that adopts a tone of...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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Communion has both a religious and non-religious meaning. In its religious context, it refers to the Eucharist, one of the most important sacraments of Christian faith. In a wider, non-religious...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2021, 1:11 am (UTC)

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Part of the success of this excellent poem lies in the allusion that it contains to the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and how the evil stepmother used to look into her magic mirror...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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In the poem Legal Alien the narrator explains that her dual ethnicity, being both Mexican and a U.S. born American, renders her as a half-citizen in the eyes of those who belong to each of her...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2014, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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Your interpretation of this poem's title is a sound one, and is supported by the poem's final word, "too." The poem is divided into two sections: one focusing on the speaker's daughter and her...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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Poetry can have many different voices. The narrator of a poem can be different than the author and can describe a character or persona. The narrator can be a part of the poem or the subject of a...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018, 8:45 pm (UTC)

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It is important to note the element of parallelism that exists between the two stanzas and the two separate descriptions of the speaker's son and daughter. Both of them spend lots of time focussed...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011, 6:27 pm (UTC)

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There is a pun, or double meaning, to be found here in Pat Mora's use of the word "fair." Look back at the phrasing against which it is juxtaposed: the daughter is looking into the "mirror,...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018, 11:22 am (UTC)

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When we think of imagery, we are talking about visual images that are created by appealing to the five senses. An image helps us to imagine what is being described in our own minds. Note how Mora...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011, 7:08 pm (UTC)

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As with much in way of poetry, there can be different approaches offered in the analysis of word choice in the poem. I like the idea that "fair" can reflect to a state of physical and emotional...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012, 12:55 pm (UTC)

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The primary images that Pat Mora creates are of flowers and the many colors in them. However, some of the flowers are natural and some of them are human-made. The poet uses size along with color to...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019, 5:12 am (UTC)

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