Speak Up!


  • 1. Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because I needed to do a poetry blog post and this book was recommended by Suzanne the librarian. It is a very powerful piece of literature.

  • 2. Explain the plot of the book, or if it is a non-fiction book, what topics are covered.

There really is no plot to this collection of poems, it is a set of poems that describe certain poet’s search for knowledge and/or recognition in life. Some of the poems in this collection also explore the meaning of identity within the poets. Some poems are about tranquility and peace but other ones are social anxiety over race or just having an identity through race. Other poems illustrate the way that the poet’s culture is structured throughout their lives and the people around them. These are common themes throughout this writing and give the book power.

  • 3. Describe one of the characters in the book. Would you want to meet this character? Why or why not?

There really aren’t any characters in this collection, there are theoretical personifacations but no specific characters. The poet that I would most like to meet is Suheir Hammad, he writes really powerful poetry and writes about his family and music. these are themes that commonly resonate within these writings, along with the concept of identity.

  • 4. What is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend this book to others, it has a very powerful message and explores many great concepts. On another note, the rhythm of many of the poems really gives meaning to the words.

  • 5. Explain how this book is similar to another book, film, story, or article that you have read or seen. What connections or comparisons can you make?

I am not a huge fan of poetry so I have not really read much to compare this book too. After reading this book I think that I will try to read more poetry.

  • 6. What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this book? ​

I think the theme of this collection is that you need to find your identity in your culture and connect with other people. All the people that wrote the verses had their own messages that they get from their poems but I also think that they want you to draw your own conclusions.



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