"Two Tongues" is a collection of poems that explores the societal norms that mixes American and Middle Eastern cultures. The use of sensory language empowers the speaker of these poems to break the barrier between both cultures and mold them into one significant place—the individual. Within these poems lie the exploration of identity—both religiously and culturally—through the speaker's family upbringing and her social settings, as well as the use of spoken language. This collection attempts to convey the struggles of a bicultural background through use of pure metaphor and sound play where language—Arabic and English—is an essential element to the collection. Contained within these lyrical poems is the hope for acceptance, love, and humanity, and that all lands will unite as a common people. The speaker searches for self in each poem with an insatiable curiosity, one that will no longer fear expression.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Ghannam, Lana, "Two Tongues" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 1347.