The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom - Part Two, The Ten Years' War, 1868-78, p. 25-45 Summary & Analysis

Margarita Engle
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Part Two, The Ten Years' War, 1868-78, p. 25-45 Summary

In Part Two, The Ten Years' War, 1868-78, p. 25-45, the poems now include the titles "Jose" and "Lieutenant-General Valeriano Weyler y Nicolae Marquis of Tenerife, Empire of Spain." In the first "Rosa," Rosa forgets she is grown as she collects medicinal herbs. This act brings her peace. In the second "Rosa," the plantation owners free their slaves and rebel against the Spanish. Rosa cannot believe this has happened so suddenly.

In the third "Rosa," the plantations are burning and Rosa wonders if she should fight as a soldier or as a nurse. She decides to serve as a nurse. In the fourth "Rosa," the city of Bayamo is burned by both the former slave owners and their former slaves. A song, "La Bayaneja," remembers this event...

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