Naomi Shihab Nye Writing Styles in What Have You Lost?

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Point of View

Most of the poems in "What Have You Lost?" are written from a first-person point of view. The few that are written from a third-person point of view are as follows: "What Grandma Taught Her," "The Higher Reaches," "That Kind of Marriage," "She had thought," "my lost father," "Mindleaving," "Shrink-wrapped," "Benavides, Texas, 1906," "The Mentalist Leaves the Stage," "Tutu on the Curb," and "The Moment for Which There Is No Name.". The point of view is limited and reliable which is proven by the fact that each poem is limited to the author's experiences, feelings and beliefs. This is important because, as a collection of poems, it is imperative that the reader understand the thoughts and feelings of each author in order to fully comprehend the poems, and this would not be possible if the authors did not utilize this point of view.

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