Hawaii Poem Analysis

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In the first part, the family is looking at a movie camera and is taking shelter from the rain showers. It is easter, and Grandmother is hiding the eggs, and Grandfather is keeping the children from going out to get the eggs whilst the adults are hiding them. When it’s time for the children to go out and search for the eggs, they burst through their Grandfather’s clutches and search for them with vigor. In the second part, it talks of Grandfather’s past and how he was a very poor boy in Korea. He ate quail eggs when he could find them from the mud near the river banks. When he got older, he immigrates to Hawaii to work in the sugarcane fields for eighteen years. He buys a home for himself, and now, in the present, he is surrounded by all his grandchildren. On easter, the speaker of the poem skips supper with Grandfather and he peels eggs for him or her and he or she eats the eggs the speaker finds on the day. The speaker doesn’t have to be the poet. It can be the poet writing based on another person’s perspective from the poet’s imagination, or from the personal experience of someone she knows. The date in the poem refers to the date Hawaii gains statehood. thin film (L. 6), blue washed eggs (L. 16), penned (L. 18), clucking (L. 19), membrane (L. 24), egg whites (L. 24), planting the eggs (L. 30), hard boiled eggs (L. 39), blue color (L. 41), quail egg (L. 47), like gigantic pearls (L. 49), sky blue eggs (L. 75), marine-colored shells (L. 83). The term used is extended

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