¿Quién eres? By Sabine Ulibarri

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¿Quién eres?

By Sabine Ulibarri

Si olvidas de donde vienes,
¿Sabes, tú, a donde vas?
Si has perdido tu pasado,
¿Dónde está tu porvenir?

Si eres hombre sin historía,

Serás hombre sin futuro.
Si reniegas de tus padres,
¿Que esperarás de tus hijos?

Si no tienes parentesco

Con tu familia y tu pueblo
Cuando ríes, ríes solo.
Cuando lloras, lloras solo.

Un present solitario,

Sin ayer y sin manaña,
Sin parientes, sin compadres
Sin amigos, sin hermanos.

Qué solo estás en el mundo

Perdido en la niebla blanca.
Solo con tu culpa a cuestas
Y tu soledad a solas.

Have you forgotten from where you come
Do you know where you are going?
Do you know where you are going?
Then where is your future?

If you are a person without a past

You will be a person without a future.
If you deny your parents
What do your children have to hope for?

If you have no relationship

With your family or your people
When you laugh, you laugh alone,
When you cry, you cry alone.

A lonely present,

Without yesterday or tomorrow,
Without relatives, without comrades,
Without friends, without brothers.

You are alone in the world,

Lost in the haze.
Alone you carry your guilt,
And alone you remain.

Final Multi-paragraph Essay-- Bless Me, Ultima

Your written assessment for Bless Me, Ultima is a four-paragraph essay which answers the following question:

Which character in Bless Me, Ultima could have written the poem and for whom would it have been written?

Write a four-paragraph essay in which you identify and discuss a character from Bless Me, Ultima who might have written this poem, as well as the character for whom it might have been written.

  • You must include an introduction and a conclusion

  • You must connect the ideas in the poem to ideas and themes in the book through the two characters.

  • You will be quoting from the novel AND the poem.

When quoting from the novel:

  • italicize the title

  • in-text citations must cite the author’s last name and the page number.

    • Example (Anaya 43)

    • There should NOT be punctuation between the name and number.

When quoting from the poem:

  • Use quotation marks to punctuate the title

    • Example: “Quien Eres?”

  • When quoting the poem, use slash marks to indicate line breaks. Put a space BEFORE and AFTER the slash mark.

    • Transcribe each line (including punctuation) exactly as it appears in the poem..

      • Example: “A lonely present, / Without yesterday or tomorrow, / Without relatives, without comrades”

  • To cite a poem, instead of the page number, cite the line number.

    • You must include the word “line” to distinguish it from a page number.

    • When using the author’s name and identifying line number, no other punctuation is required.

      • Example: “A lonely present, / Without yesterday or tomorrow, / Without relatives, without comrades” (Ulibarri lines 13-15).

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