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What Have You Lost? Summary
Naomi Shihab Nye

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What Have You Lost? Summary


First-person Narrator (I)appears in Several Poems

The first-person narrator is the narrator of nearly three-quarters of the poems in this collection. The narrator uses the pronoun "I," which presumably refers to the poet, and this allows the poet to take possession of their work. In the Introduction, Naomi Shihab Nye writes in the first person as she explains why she compiled this collection of poetry.

In Lisa Ruth Shulman's "Orange Juice," it is dark when her father creeps down the hallway to the refrigerator, and longing to know his sweetness, she rises to meet him, her feet bare on the cold kitchen floor, and listens for clues.

In David Williams' "Breath," his ancestors are thrown away as if they were nothing, and everything they said becomes stone, except for the songs; he is thirsty to join their song.

In "I Myself" by Angel Gonzales, the author comes face...

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