The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom - Part Three, The Little War, 1878-80 Summary & Analysis

Margarita Engle
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Part Three, The Little War, 1878-80 Summary

In Part Three, The Little War, 1878-80, the poems include those of "Rosa," "Lieutenant Death," and "Jose." In the first "Rosa," Rosa describes the war as starting too soon, being both brief and futile, and feeling like another form of slavery.

In "Jose," Jose compares the war to "a lonely child's game," in which they are all still wounded and hiding (p. 70).

In the second "Rosa," Rosa describes the free life she and her husband Jose lead when they are in between wars. The only worry is the nearby slave hunter with their name on a list.

In the second "Jose," mothers come to them asking for their help in finding their children. He responds that if he knew how to find them, he would know how to find the part of his...

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