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The speaker at Li-Young Lee's poem "Persimmons" was clearly increased into a bi-lingual, bi-cultural atmosphere. His adventures, but not entirely optimistic, have helped him grow into the man he is today. By employing sensory imagery and "exact" diction along with the informal stanza structure, the speaker shows the reader that, regardless of his bi-cultural ago, he now has realized, due to his own adventures, that some of the most essential things are not "visible" and that he is indeed pleased with his own ethnicity.
The poem begins with a painful memory from the speaker sixth grade classroom in which he was hit on the mind and managed to sit
In sixth grade Mrs. Walker
The next stanza, but proves that he does in fact know the difference between both words. The speaker shows his understanding of "precision" at deciding on the diction to describe the best way to select and consume a persimmon.
...How to choose
Ripe ones are soft and brown-spotted.
Sniff the bottoms. The sweet one
Peel the skin tenderly, not to tear the meat.
Chew the skin, suck it,
The voice "soft," "sweet," "sniff," "suck," and also "consume" all awake one's senses. The alliteration further proves the speaker's "precision." The speaker then leaves the reader with a feeling of satisfaction after having clarified how to "
Mrs. Walker brought a persimmon to class
The following stanza further proves he has overcome his...