Li-Young Lee | Critical Essay by Tim Engles

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Li-Young Lee.
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Critical Essay by Tim Engles

SOURCE: Engles, Tim. “Lee's ‘Persimmons’.” Explicator 54, no. 3 (spring 1996): 191-92.

In the following essay, Engles explains the thematic significance of the words “persimmon” and “precision” in “Persimmons.”

Li-Young Lee's “Persimmons” [in Rose] presents a second-generation Asian American's quiet analysis of his own experience between two cultures. The adult speaker returns, with gentle persistence throughout, to two words, “persimmon” and “precision,” and by poem's end, these two words resonate with representative significance for a son who has managed to recover specific values from his fading heritage.

The speaker begins with the painful memory of being “slapped” by his sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Walker, and told to stand in the...

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