Speak up Analysis

Brynn Martinson

Speak up

You're Korean, aren't you?


Why don't you speak Korean?

Just don't, I guess.

Say something Korean.

I don't speak it.

I can't.

C'mon. Say something.

Halmoni. Grandmother.

Haraboji. Grandfather.

Imo. Aunt.

Say some other stuff.

Sounds funny.

Sounds strange.

Hey, let's listen to you

for a change.

Listen to me?

Say some foreign words.

But I'm American,

can't you see?

Your family came from

somewhere else.


But I was born here.

So was I.

Poetic Devices

Repetition: "Sounds funny.

Sounds strange." This makes the speaker feel worse about themselves, because of what the other person said. "Halmoni. Grandmother.

Haraboji. Grandfather." This could show why the other person thinks Korean sounds strange, possibly because he/she has never heard of it.

Alliteration: "Sounds s†range" This emphasizes how the other person thought the Korean language was strange.

Rhythm: The rhythm is created by the speaker and other person talking back and forth it really creates the theme at the end when the conversation ends.


Don't deceive anybody by their looks. The author develops this by showing that the speaker looked Korean but she didn't really speak it. The other person thought, oh she must speak Korean because she looks Korean, which isn't true at all.

Mood and Color explanation

I believe the mood is irritated. Because I feel irritated that someone would judge somebody just based on what they look like and ask them to speak the language they look like. I chose the color peach because its 's like the color of my skin and reminds me when people get under my skin.

Tone/ Speaker's attitude

I think the tone of this poem is sympathetic because the whole point of this poem is to make you feel bad for the speaker that somebody treated her this way, and most people will..