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Oranges is a poem written by Gary Soto. The interpretation of Oranges by Gary Soto is simple.

It is about a young boy taking a walk with a girl he likes. The theme is chivalry, that he gives up one of his oranges to buy his girl a candy bar. Gary Soto uses symbolism to show the strength of youthful love. He writes, "Cold, and weighed down with two oranges in my jacket". The oranges weighting down the narrators jacket symbolize the way his love for the girl is weighing upon him. This weight is created from the strong feelings he has for the girl and his hopes that she likes him too. As the couple walks down the street, they encounter a line of "newly planted trees". The trees symbolize something new and young that will grow in the future, much like the love between the boy and the girl. Later, the narrator tells us, We entered, the tiny bell bringing a saleslady down a narrow aisle of goods. The tiny bell and the aisle exemplify a wedding that immediately connects to love between the boy and the girl. The poem ends by saying, I peeled my orange that was so bright against the gray of December that, from a distance, someone might have thought I was making a fire in my hands. The narrator used fire to show the intensity of the young couples love through extreme brightness and warmth. The symbolism in Gary Soto's poem Oranges conveys how powerful adolescent love can be. The entire poem is just a narration about walking with a girl, yet through the use of tone, contrasting imagery, and symbolism, Gary Soto has captured the power and emotion of young love. Oranges just represent what that young love feeds off of: warmth, love, and understanding. In his poem, 'Incident', Countee Cullen used figurative language as a tool to foreshadow the main theme of the message. The poem consists of 12 lines with elements of rhyme in eight syllables on every other line and six syllables on the other line. The main theme of this poem was that people are cruel to each other. Cullen exhibits a direct expression of irrepressible anger at racial unfairness. His outcry is more muted than that of some other Harlem Renaissance poets Hughes, for example, and Claude McKaybut that is a matter of Cullen's innate and learned

gentility. Those who overlook Cullen's strong indictment of racism in American society miss the main thrust of his work. His poetry throbs with anger as in "Incident" when he recalls his personal response to being called "nigger" on a Baltimore bus, or in the selection "Yet Do I Marvel," in which Cullen identifies what he regards as God's most astonishing miscue that he could "make a poet black, and bid him sing!" In addition to his own personal experiences, Cullen also focuses on public events. For instance, in "Scottsboro, Too, Is Worth Its Song," he upbraids American poets, who had championed the cause of white anarchists in the controversial Sacco-Vanzetti trials, for not defending the nine black youths indicted on charges of raping two white girls in a freight car passing through Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931.