In order for Naomi Iizuka to write her play Anon(ymous), she must have researched the lifestyle of immigrants becoming refugees to have a better life. Correspondingly, the actors need to have excellent preparation for themselves as emotionally and physically prepare themselves as if they were the actual characters from the play. The actors need to get a sense of characterization. Three things that grabbed my attention was one being immigration due to how immigration was a huge factor in the poem with political issues and how Anon encounters with other people which are kind and some cruel to find his way to his mother. Overall I was grabbed by how many different types of people Anon encountered and with all having different lifestyles and how he was carried on by others from place to place In order to find his home. I feel like in order for me to understand those three parts of the play in a deeper and meaningful way is for me to find people who can relate the experiences and hear them out or maybe even see the play so that I can see their emotions and face expressions. The way they express themselves when the actors play it out. I feel like I would like to talk about how immigration since anon was being helped by many different people and how it was a meaningful factor in the poem.
After perceiving Jamilia Lyiscott’s live show, her stance on how she views her own language reminded me how I would communicate with my friends, family and colleagues. This poem struck to me because Jamilia speaks three different “languages” that she communicates with her friends, her peers and her parents demonstrating how each language represents and defines her way of being. One of the lines that stands out to me is when Jamilia states “So I may not always come before you with excellency of speech But do not judge me by my language and assume that I’m too ignorant to teach ’cause I speak three tongues one for each: Home, school and friends I’m a trip-lingual orator”(Lyiscott). Not only is this showing her language but it also informs ones identity.
Jamilia also repeats the word “Articulate” throughout her poem to prove a point of how she is coherent when she utilizes her choice of language. When relating to this, I don’t speak the same way but with a more formal tone to my parents than I would with my friends. When I’m at a professional place I tend to use proper grammar than I’m with my friends who would understand the way I’m speaking. When Jamilia was delivering her speech, the audience were all white people who seem to have their heads shifted not understanding her native language. This portays that being articulate doesn’t necessarily dialect to just one group.
- Did I clarify my point?
- Did I utilize the right rhetorical choice?
- How can I improve my structure?
- Should I add life experiences?
- Did I analyze Jamila Lyiscott properly?