Natasha Trethewey Writing Styles in Native Guard

Natasha Trethewey
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Point of View

With the exception of the first poem, “Theories of Time and Space,” all of the poems in the collection are told from the first person point of view. For the most part, this first person perspective is told from the point of view of the same speaker from poem to poem. This is supported by the fact that the speaker in these poems shares a large amount of autobiographical information that links the voice and the content of the pieces. The main exception to this is in the poem “Native Guard,” which while it is still told from the first person point of view, the time period and the shift in voice suggest it is an entirely different speaker altogether. Meanwhile, “Theories of Time and Space,” is told technically from the second person point of view, however based on the information in regard to the...

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