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Soto's Dark Hair Essay

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Soto's Dark Hair The title of Soto's "Dark Hair" is quite ordinary. The image that forms from the color "black" functioning as an option to describe the common noun "hair" paints a mundane picture that does not allow for any investigation under this concrete picture. But in cases where the name is not an attention getter, the material of the poem is generally more of a struggle and Soto's "Black Hair" is a perfect case. As the name suggests, there are many concrete graphics and figures presented during the poem, but following a close reading it's clear that the underlying themes of culture and family put beneath these tangible images throughout the specific elements of this metonymy, the metaphor, color imagery, and the pun. The poem starts by introducing the most important figure in the poem, a naturally gifted baseball player named Hector Moreno. To the narrator, the sport of baseball is much more than just a very simple match, "it [is] a guess -- Hector Moreno" (6). Describing Hector Moreno originally as a figure closely associated with the game of baseball shows just how admired someone Hector is at the narrator's mind. This image of Hector Moreno is quite concrete, but as the poem continues, the narrator conveys into the reader that his dad died sometime throughout his youth, as "his [father's] face no longer [hangs] over the dining table" (18). Suddenly the image of Hector Moreno is not as tangible as it initially looks, especially through the traces resulting in Moreno's very first appearance on the baseball field "from the lengthening color" (4-5). The shadow of the narrator's dad over the supper table when he was a boy has now taken the kind of Moreno's figure from the colour over the baseball field as the narrator's father has died. This initial me...

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