Simon Ortiz Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

What are the major themes that arise in Simon Ortiz poetry?

Expert Answers info

Lauren Willson, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Professor

bookM.A. from Radford University


calendarEducator since 2017

write1,502 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Majors themes in Simon Ortiz's poetry include respect for nature and problems that Native Americans face in America.

Ortiz has a lot of respect for nature and is often in awe of it. For example, when he talks about his beloved daughter in "Forming Child," he shares his love of the Earth with her and hopes that she'll feel the same love and respect for it. Often his poems use language that describes the Earth as beautiful and precious. In "Culture and the Universe," Ortiz describes men standing outside in a canyon and communing with nature, the sky, and each other.

"Busted Boy" is an example of a poem that talks about the Native American experience. Ortiz discusses how a boy is...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 381 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Lorna Stowers eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write4,625 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Ask a Question

Additional Links