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Cyrus Fazeli English 1B Wallace Analysis of Imagery in Loving from Vietnam to Zimbabwe After reading Janice Mirikitanis poem Loving from Vietnam to Zimbabwe there is a profound amount of imagery used by Mirikitani that explains a reality of sex love and war Mirikitani uses an interesting and unique format in the way she has written her poem The I that Mirikitani uses is not referring to herself but rather another woman who is Vietnamese or many women whom are Vietnamese She has essentially divided her poem into two sides One side the left side is where she reveals images of sex and love On the other side the right side is where she reveals the imagery of war By dividing her poem into two sides she is able to describe two conflicting issues that are part of the womans life or at some point had an impact on her life and emotions It seems as though Mirikitani is explaining images from Vietnam These images of sex love and war that she has written in respect to are not the sex and love that we know as Americans but the sex and love that was prevalent during the Vietnam War Mirikitani wrote this poem in 1980 so it is possible that she has some repressed images and feelings about the war or war in general Mirikitani begins her poem with images of sex and love By writing this poem she has given a voice to many women from a country torn apart by War It is almost as if every image she has of sex is matched with an image of war This reveals how the woman must deal with two realities One reality is the life of a Vietnamese woman and another reality of sleeping with the enemy These two realities seem to be conflicting with each other and it ultimately makes the Vietnamese woman feel that her situation is unresolved Mirikitani
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