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Blood Oranges Summary
Lisel Mueller

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Blood Oranges Summary


"Blood Oranges" comes from Second Language, Lisel Mueller's fourth book of poetry. In this poem, one sees subjects that have interested Mueller throughout her career, most notably the Holocaust in Hitler's Germany and her fascination with poetry's way of capturing the physical world so concretely that reality's horrors cannot be ignored.

An interesting aspect of this poem is that it presents Nazi Germany, from which Mueller's family fled when she was young, as a sort of safe haven, a place where a child could live comfortably in ignorance of the brutality around her. The abusive political system that Mueller looks back on here is that of Spain in 1936, where, on August 19, the famed poet and playwright Federico García Lorca was executed by Fascist rebels. García Lorca was internationally famous for his sympathetic writings about the poor common people of Spain, especially the Andalusian gypsies.


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