The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom - Part Four, The War of Independence, 1895-98, p. 79-99 Summary & Analysis

Margarita Engle
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Part Four, The War of Independence, 1895-98, p. 79-99 Summary

In Part Four, The War of Independence, 1895-98, p. 79-99, "Silvia" and "Captain-General Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau, Marquis of Tenerife, Empire of Spain" are added as titles. In the first "Rosa," she describes the life of an influential Cuban poet named Marti. He fought for freedom with words and inspired the rebel leaders. As a teenager, he had been arrested for his writings. He died in battle and Rosa says she "cannot save the poet from bullets" (p. 80).

In "Jose," Jose talks about what is once again happening. Fox and Lion continue to burn the fields, Jose guards Rosa's hospitals, and they travel invisibly through Spanish lines.

In "Lieutenant Death," he is unable to believe that people of various races and social groups have agreed to fight...

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