My Father is a Simple Man

“My Father is a Simple Man” by Luis Omar Salinas is a simple poem which begins with a father and son walking and talking, and then expresses a deeper meaning – about life and greatness.

Theme:

The essence of life is perpetual. The essence of greatness is true kindness and patience.

Techniques:

  • Metaphor, simile

Issues:

Can life really be compared to an orange?

Does education make someone a “scholar”?

What is greatness?

How old do you think the speaker is? Justify your response with reference to details in th epoem.

For what audience do you think the poem is intended?

Do you think the poet ever expressed these thoughts and feelings to his father? Explain.

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Original post by Mr. D. Sader

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