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

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