Poem Essay

Ashanti Weathers

Dr. Larochelle


6 November, 2018

Research Poem On  “The Earth

Provided the works of Gabriela Mistral, Mistral’s book studies political, racial, and societal views of others, including a basis of her life style and changes. Mistral’s poems oftenly give an unpleasant and sad view of the world. Specifically, in the poem “The Earth,” Mistral takes these unpleasant views and talks about the relationship between the Native American Indians and the Europeans connections with the Earth. In this poem, the Earth is living for the life that lives in it. In the work The Earth, Gabriela Mistral uses the societal tensions  such as racism and societal views to portray the more calmly connection that the Native American Indians have with Earth.

In her poems, Mistral uses symbols, rhythm, traditional techniques, and more to display her disdain in such poems as The Earth. In this poem, she hopes for life after death. She hopes for great dreams and the “beauty and emotional intensity,”(Poetry foundations), of the earth to be portrayed through all walks of life. Yes, her works are sometimes harsh, but in this poem she expresses recreation of the spirit.

Recreation to us vs. Gabriela Mistral is a world without much nature. Nature is a gift from God too glorious to be vanquished. No matter the harm to nature caused by human ignorance, nature will always signify a powerful presence that we most often take for granted; leaving us mentally unstable to  cherish properly. Earth will always be mother to all nature; providing love, joy, happiness, and the chance for a sacred spiritual connection to be remember by all generations of children. Gabriela Mistral’s view of Earth reflects the struggles and mastering of nature through human culture, religion, and ethics of human interaction with earth.

In the first stanza of The Earth, Earth is shown to act as a comforting source for life. Similarly to a stereotypical mother, she gives us the confidence to step out into the world and helps us to believe in ourselves. Earth wants us to grow up healthy and strong. According to

Gabriela Mistral, earth feels sorrow, comfort, and other feelings that we humans feel and show. Reflecting the words of wisdom, the remarks “indian child, when you’re tired, you lie down on the Earth, and so too when you’re happy my child, play with her,” (Mistral 119). Likewise, the Earth wants to be valued and encourages others to let experience what they are feeling inside.

In Native American culture, it is highly important to value the earth. The earth is known to be a sacred entity that can’t be owned, nor replaced. Confirmed by the  Native Americans, “the land is very important for life and the land should be treated with respect,”(Common Ground). We, along with nature, are part of a never ending cycle that Earth has conducted. Comparably, earth is part of our human cycle.

In the second and third stanza, noise from different species and the sound of flowing water  fill the earth. Earth is free spirited, full of excitement, and can easily draw attention to what it has to offer. For example, you could “hear fire rising and sinking, rivers rolling, animals roaring and bellowing, and the indian looms a humming,”(Mistral 119). These experiences make humans embrace the never calming earth. Easing in, you start to “listen to the wondrous drumming of Earth’s Indian drum,” (Mistral 119). Furthermore, the drums told the stories of these creatures and the earth.

Directly, fables, folktales, and sacred stories were passed down from generation to generation for the continuation of Mother Earth’s values. To help depict and strengthen the Native American  beliefs about the earth, the 1891 myth “How The World Was Made,” passed down from generations of Cherokee…. Passed down views about nature using creatures,” (Mooney). They believed that we could not exist without animals. Animals are part of the earth too; which also means that they are also overly part of us. In Native American  culture, the earth is known to be alive with spirits.

In stanza four, personification or embodiment becomes the Earth. Mother Earth holds everything that is sacred on her back to help stabilize our lives. The Earth keeps everyone together; “those who walk and those asleep, those who play and those who work, lives lived out and lives to come, on Earth’s indian drum,” (Mistral 119). Earth never disowned any of her children; just wanting them to be part of  her gigantic heart beat is what she wants. The Earth does not differentiate, no matter the kind of life you have lived, are living, and will live. When we all die, we will become sediment that will be part of the earth’s sediment. The Earth conveys that equivalently, we are too sacred.

As a contributor to life, the Earth continues to guide us in our lives as a unit; as did the Native Americans. The Indians were very disciplined in the teaching that every child of the earth is a gift and is heavily crucial to the future of tribal society entirely.  Casting the spirit of the elderly, the Earth is as wise as an owl. The earth educates as many beings as possible of the spoken traditions; organizing us in its cycle. The Indians made it purposefully acknowledged “ to depict social manner and belief,” (Mooney). This gave life a heavy connection to earth achievable for all humans other than the Native American Indians.

Ultimately following the last stanza,  the mother of the child is going to die in a much later part of her life. She is informing the child of this later occurrence because the child will have to live a life without the mother being present. The indian child has to learn how to become stronger and to carry out life’s processes that the earth has in store. In like manner, thousands of humans behold God; who is able to speak and feel through beings. In a moment of deliverance and fondness towards the earth, the child is apprised by their mother to “hear the movement of her arm, that held me…,”( Mistral). Therefore, the child is instructed to behold the earth as if he or she is nothing compared to the earth, knowing that he or she compares.

Earth is friendly and a nurturer. The earth does not discriminate against any form of species. To all, the earth will leave and return replenished. The earth is ready to replenish others, no matter the outcome of life. Similarly to earth, humans “could not exist in a world without animals,” (Mooney). Furthermore, the earth needs us to connect with it to stay alive.

In agreement, a great friend taught me that Earth is more than a blue, green, and white ball that you see in outer space. She made me believe that the earth is “sacred in itself,” (Ivy). The earth provides so much for us that we take for granted. Instead of making an effort to understand the earth, we abuse the meaning of what it means to be the holder of life. Our littering on the ground, oil in the ocean, and our air pollution  due to factories has made the earth sick. It has weakened it.

Due to our negative impact on the earth, we have created   a severe global warming crisis. In indian culture, this foolishness that we have presented has dishonored the earth. In my opinion, it has dishonored God. The loss of the land is similar to the “loss of culture, tradition, and language,” (Common Ground). The 21st century is considered another holocaust that has marked its place in our history.

Gabriela Mistral would consider our 21st century a burden to earth. As the first woman Spanish American Nobel Prize winner, she had always valued the culture of the continent where she was conceived. Unlike a lot of Americans today, in their works related to family, nature, God, and more,Mistal values the  “basic passion of love as seen in various relationships,” (Poetry Foundation). It was known that she always took the sides of those mistreated and stood up for her values. Other critics have said thought that she was a lesbian; leading to her disproving their argument writing journals about her life. Through her journals leading to her work, she released the stresses that the public endured upon her.

Through the written works of her poetry Mistral was able to speak up for Jews, Christians, the poor, the rich, adults, and children. She expressed her concerns of the Native groups through her writings. “Her personal spiritual life was characterized by an untiring, seemingly mystical search for union with divinity and all of creation,” (Poetry Foundation). Her Franciscan view of the world expressed religious  undertones that are not portrayed in much of modern societies poetry.

The earth is an existing spirit within Mistral. Projected in the life of Mistral, the earth provided  her with stories to tell future generations. Her childhood consisted of “the wind and the sky, the animals and the plants…Mistral’s cherished possessions,” (Poetry Foundation). Furthermore in relation to the Native American Indians, that world is the only literal world.

Gabriela Mistral felt as if she was living a life of disillusion, along with suffering. In the poem The Earth, she was not exiled from a land that she knew. Dissimilarly related to the indians, she was not forced out of her actual land, her natural home where the earth allowed her to clear her mind. Like the earth, Mistral has become a great “‘singer and mercy of motherhood,”’ (Gullberg). With the encouragement of her grandmother; along with the Holy Bible, Mistral felt the presence of the Earth and the ancestors of her grandmother  leading her to the earth.

Mistral’s developed a fascination for nature from the Bible scriptures in psalms. The book of Psalms talked about the wickedness and unGodliness that was manifested in society. In relation to the Gods in the indian culture, “whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night..That person is like a tree …. Whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers,( Psalms Chpt. 1 V. 2-3).


This powerpoint explains what the Native American children and families valued. It even mentions times of slavery and how they viewed the world, mainly inside their tribes.

For my fsem project due on wednseday

Deep Economy

What Mickiben is saying about “more and better” is that more is not always better.  When we all started inventing during the industrial revolution, we were more focused on creating more cars and buildings for market.  The government was becoming more selfish . Rapid growth increased, but others were starting to loose interest in the government and were becoming less happy.

One reason why I think that our happiness has decreased as our quality of life has gone up is because their has been racial tension in the economy. Another reason why is because our economy has been moving too fast due to the increase in products and decrease in prices. Even though there are people who can afford housing and a great paying job, there are still lots of people who can not find one due to the increase in jobs requiring a higher set skill level.

Also, we are greedy.  A lot of us would rather ask for too many things in life that we think will impress others. Just because others may have a nicer car, home, more friends and family, that does not mean that they are happy. A lot of times, they could be lonely because they do not have anyone to share their luxury with. One other thing, America is big o investing.

If you can not meet the demands of the investment, there is a likely chance that you will not be able to receive the money that you need for the things that you need and want. Businesses are collapsing and immigrants started to move in.

I think that the quote on page 44 is right! Instead of worrying about candy, schools, and jobs, we take the time to celebrate those that we love because we don’t want to grow older taking family and friends for granted. We go out and buy Christmas trees that symbolize hope for us. A lot of people see trees for building homes and tearing them down when it is not the holidays.

My Poem

At first, I had no idea what Gabriela Mistral poem I wanted to read. After picking, I decided to pick “The Earth.” When I first read the title, I thought that the poem was about the stereotypical trees and grass. After I had read the poem, I had realized that the poem was more about the Native American Indian culture and point of view in correlation with their experience with Earth’s animals and plants.

In the poem “The Earth,” Gabriela Mistral turns the Earth into a mother  figure. The Earth nurtures and holds all of its children together no matter the age. Like us, the Earth needs to be shown love and needs to be played with. I have learned that  all things die, so enjoy them wile each is alive.

Abram Magic

I can relate to the interconnections between the sensual world and human world. No, we don’t have to let go of all of our technologies. Though we don’t have to, we should balance and connect with nature. I have learned that animals, insects, and plants can guide us. Like the fireflies, they show us the light.

The creation of medicine is huge because in this passage. Humans have created medicine, but it was thanks to plants being present to have given us the resources. To me , it was God. I love how Abram ate  a fruit that was able to sit on platter made from palm frond. We need nature. It is proven that a shaman can not have his or her work become determined all of the time.

To me , natures work is determined. It provides us with lots of vitamins, food, medicinal practices, and more. The sad part is , our work with nature is clear, but is not done. All of us on earth will have mysteries with nature and animals lingering for a long time with basking in the sun and more.

Nature is more than the spiritual world, it is part of God’s world.

John Muir

John Muir’s perspective on nature and direct experience of the non-human world is surprisingly different. When he thinks of the non-human world, the direct experience is very adventurous and lustful. Unlike Cronon, Thoreau, Whitman, and Bello, Muir feels a rather great spiciness and resin in the wind.  Muir’s feelings towards nature are also very personified! Muir says that “the         rocks seemed talkative, and more telling and lovable than ever,(Muir 100).

The direct experience to him is warm. The trees have warm blood gushing out. His view of the direct experience is like an “Australian dare-devil adventure!” I believe that Cronon would characterize Muir’s experience with wilderness as very playful! The reason why I think that is because Muir uses words like “the thin, crooked mouth  of some mysterious abyss; but it was eroded, for in many places I saw its solid, seamless floors,” (Muir 103), to describe how he felt about the abyss.

I so definitely can relate to Muir’s time in the mountains. His time in the mountains felt spontaneous and fun. It felt like I was day dreaming everything. There is this great rush that I feel in his choice of words when I read. Rainbows all day and night!

When Muir says that the rocks are “talkative,” I believe that he is saying that the rocks were calling his name. He felt like he had to climb the rocks and experience time on the rocks. He was happy. Yes, he almost fell and could have died, but he wanted that sense of adventure.


Bello and Song of Myself

Thoreau, Bello, and Whitman view direct experience as becoming “undistinguished and naked….. for it to be in contact…”(Whitman 2).  Direct contact with nature is another way of bringing peacefulness into our lives. Singing and being one with nature in the Disney princess way is more of Bello and Whitman’s way of saying, “hey! stop worrying about fame, fortune, clothing, or anything else for a second and enjoy the moment!” Thoreau sometimes is a little, OK, a lot biased towards women and people wanting to live their lives. Though, he wants us to feel with him the warm air and to “possess the good of the earth and sun,”(Whitman 19).

Whitman and Bello , I feel think of non-human and human ways as becoming one. They both live their lives. They like to observe the ways of life and still “hangout” in the environment. All three of them do not think “growing old for that false treasure,” (Bello), would be great for the world. We shouldn’t let time pass us by and wait until we are on our death beds to gain the wilderness experience is what I know they are saying! Whitman, Thoreau, and Bello agree that the first hand experience with the non-human world hands you time to release stress. You don’t have to be shaken by a test or stressed because of an argument. You can also see cool animals and smell the flowers. Pollution is less when you are in wilderness.

I believe that Whitman’a view of modernization and nature is very a very abstract point of view. He dives into time and talks about how he will not waste any time from nature. Nature is part of our world. He though knows that we can not slack off in school and ignore problems such as our health,  marriage, family, and more. He wants us to live our human lives I feel, it’s just that nature needs to be included!

Walking: Henry David Thoreau

Similarly to William Cronon’s approach to nature and wilderness, Henry David Thoreau uses the non-human world as a way of free expression. From their point of view, man was not free. We let industrialization make direct contact with the wilderness. Gradually, man built roads, houses, and cut down a lot of trees in the forests.

We, I do believe, have become more obsessed with our own idea of what nature or wilderness is supposed to look like and feel like to us. Cronon and Thoreau are explaining to us that we as man have been creating these big enterprises that are destroying and watering down nature(wilderness) as an outlet to make profit. Villas are great examples to me of watered down wilderness. Villas  do have trees and nice ocean side views, but they are still like little mini hotel mansions that single out other aspects of wilderness.

Villas give us the feeling of nice beds, cell phone reception, and television to watch, like our “homes.” It is a “place to and from which things are carried,” (Thoreau 192). We carried these aspects of our own “Americanized” cultural values and have used them to create non-requisite leisure that Thoreau says can only be partaken by God.

I do agree that Thoreau demonstrates a “stern loneliness.” He talks a lot about how he loves to take overly timed walks by himself. Like me, he loses track of time!  Thoreau loves the idea of having leisure time.

Yes, Thoreau does find wilderness without leaving the city. Farms are one of the main wilderness experienced places that he finds. It is because of the animals and the insects and trees around it.

Campus Night Walks

Every night, my dorm mate, our friend and I would go on walks at night round the campus. Even though we are on campus, we never forget that we are surrounded by lots of squirrels. I stop to look at the squirrels. Yes, I do hold conversations with the squirrels, but they re quick. We look at the trees when we cross that bridge to get to the Jepson Center. I am mainly the one who pays attention to the stars and loves to be out t night. The bugs do creep me out a little, but I guess they are just doing their job! Also, in Biology class we observed Isopods( Rollie Pollies) and took them out of these containers filled with leaves and other bugs. It was amazing. P.S. they are really fast creatures! I think that it is an amazing feeling to go outside on night walks around the campus because my friends and I contemplate our thoughts. It gives us the time to focus and relieve stress before doing home work or studying.  I would personally recommend going on night walks round the campus because it is beautiful out t night. There are also a lot of people that you can hang around and experience the walk with too!

William Cronon Blog

It is very informative to rethink about wilderness. When you think about it, being in the wilderness is like being secluded from all things that are “natural” to humans. I have learned that  what we behold as nature is a negative reflection of things that we can not fix in life. The wilderness is suppose to be a place where we can create great memories for us, our family, friends, and future generations. In the 18th century, the wilderness was symbolized as evil in the Bible. One of those reasons why was because the idolization of the golden bull took place in the wilderness. I believe that we have distanced ourselves from nature, nature by its self can never be fully unsustainable. There are lots of diseases and different cultural values that differently define what the wilderness is. There is irony in all that we do to help sustain not just the wilderness, also the ecosystems in the wilderness. We are also part of this ecosystem. I think that William Cronon is trying to tell us that we should think about a great balance between wilderness and humanity. You can still be like that cowboy who has a since of freedom and be part of the wilderness.