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

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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...

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